European Institutions

  • Think Tank Calls for Northern Ireland to Join EEA

    April 12, 2017

    The European Policy Centre has recommended that Northern Ireland join the European Economic Area (EEA) after the UK leaves the EU, which would give the country access to the EU single market while keeping them out of the customs union as part of the UK.

  • CoE Committee Demands French Prison Reform

    April 12, 2017

    The Council of Europe’s (CoE) Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment has issued a report condemning the treatment of inmates at French prisons and calling on the French government to make specific reforms in line with recommendations.

  • Britain Seeks to Offset EU "Divorce Bill"

    April 05, 2017

    The Telegraph reports that UK officials are taking stock of British funds and assets currently held by EU institutions that they will use to offset at least a substantial amount of the "divorce bill" EU officials assert the UK will owe the bloc upon Brexit due to existing budget obligations.

  • EU Eyes Brexit Transition Deal on Goods

    April 05, 2017

    Politico reports that EU negotiators in upcoming Brexit talks are increasingly accepting the idea of a UK-EU transition deal setting tariffs on all goods at zero before the agreement of a permanent trade agreement, a plan that would exclude the British services industry and likely leave many of the country's companies under the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU.

  • EU Uses Gibraltar as Bargaining Chip in Brexit Talks

    April 05, 2017

    The Guardian reports that the EU Council is seeking to use the governance of Gibraltar, and its attractiveness as a financial services hub, as a bargaining chip in Brexit negotiations by including a provision in its draft Brexit guidelines requiring Spain's approval before the EU and the UK can include the UK territory in any future deal.

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