European Institutions

  • UK Seeks Flexible End Date to Brexit Transition

    February 21, 2018

    Politico reports that, according to a document prepared by the British government, UK officials are seeking a flexible end date for a post-Brexit transition period, during which the UK remains subject to EU rules, based on how long it takes to "prepare and implement the new processes and systems" underlying the future UK-EU relationship.

  • EC Plans for Northern Ireland to Remain in Customs Union

    February 15, 2018

    Politico reports that the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier has ordered the preparation of a draft legal text providing that Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK, will remain in the EU customs union after Brexit, in the absence of "clarity" from the British government on the issue of the region's status.

  • EC Plans Global Application of Data Rules

    February 15, 2018

    David Schrieberg writes that the European Commission (EC) is planning to apply its General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into force in May this year, to foreign companies providing goods and services to citizens of EU member states and to ensure future trade and investment deals require compliance with the GDPR.

  • EU Officials Plan for Lengthy Brexit Transition

    February 15, 2018

    Reuters reports that EU officials involved in negotiations over the UK's departure from the bloc believe that a planned transition period after Brexit during which Britain would remain subject to EU rules and potentially to judgments of the Court of Justice of the EU is likely to last significantly longer than the two years proposed by UK leaders.

  • British PM Seeks Regulatory Divergence After Brexit Transition

    February 15, 2018

    Politico reports that, according to officials in the UK government, British Prime Minister Theresa May is formulating a plan for the immediate divergence of the UK from EU rules and policies after a proposed post-Brexit transition period in the areas of agricultural subsidies, financial services, and trade policy.

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