Democracy Impacts

  • UK May Face Dozens of New EU Laws During Brexit Transition

    February 07, 2018

    The Independent reports that, according to a document leaked from the UK government, at least 37 new EU laws could enter into force during the post-Brexit transition period during which Britain would continue to abide by EU regulations, including new rules on waste disposal, energy efficiency, and the location of euro clearing houses.

  • May Rejects EU Calls for Post-Brexit Free Movement

    February 06, 2018

    The Telegraph reports that UK Prime Minister Theresa May has pledged to end immediately upon Britain's exit from the EU the applicability of the bloc's rules requiring freedom of movement by EU citizens into the UK, setting up a potential clash between the EU and UK on the enforcement of such rules during the planned post-Brexit "transition" period.

  • UK Official Questions Wisdom of Post-Brexit Transition

    February 05, 2018

    Bloomberg reports that UK Trade Secretary Liam Fox has indicated his concerns with the negotiation of a post-Brexit transition period in which Britain would remain subject to EU rules, asserting that such a prolongation of the UK's status as an effective EU member would stymie its negotiation of trade deals with other countries.

  • EC Suggests Penalties for Pro-Business Policies in UK

    February 05, 2018

    Reuters reports that, in a briefing document distributed to diplomats of EU member states, the European Commission (EC) suggested that any post-Brexit UK-EU trade deal contain provisions providing for sanctions if the UK cuts labor and environmental regulations or lowers its corporate tax rates to gain a competitive advantage over the EU.

  • EC Issues Guidelines for Funding of Migrant Integration

    February 05, 2018

    The European Commission (EC) has launched a toolkit guiding EU member states on what measures they should take to access funds from the supranational organization to help integrate "people with a migrant background" into their societies.

  • Austrian Leader Opposes EU Migration Quota Scheme

    February 01, 2018

    Deutsche Welle reports that Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has signaled his backing of the Visegrad Group of Central and Eastern European countries in the EU on migration policy by warning that the EU's migrant distribution scheme "isn't working" and that the bloc should focus on reducing illegal immigration.

  • Ministers: UK Must Follow EU Rules During Transition

    January 31, 2018

    NPR reports that the EU ministers have approved instructions for the European Commission's chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier demanding that, during any post-Brexit "transition" period, the UK continue to follow current and new EU laws, without having any vote in the EU institutions, and remain within the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the EU.

  • UK Official Seeks Dispute System During Brexit Transition

    January 30, 2018

    Politico reports that, in a recent speech, UK Brexit Secretary David Davis called for the establishment of a dispute mechanism that would permit the British government to complain about new EU rules that "undermine" the UK's economic system during a post-Brexit transition period during which Britain would otherwise have no say over the making of EU law.

  • Commentator Points to EU as Growing Issue in Elections

    January 30, 2018

    Enea Desideri of the British think tank Open Europe praises the increasingly prominent discussion on continued centralization within the EU in national elections throughout the bloc but expresses concern that "identity politics" - characterizing the debates as between EU "supporters" and EU "opponents" - ignores the nuance needed to decide the future direction of the EU project.

  • Visegrad Leaders Push for Narrowed EU Focus

    January 30, 2018

    AP reports that, at a recent meeting, leaders of the countries in the Central and Eastern European Visegrad Group voiced their support of EU focus on infrastructure, defense, technology, and employment rather than moving toward a "United States of Europe" that centralizes decision-making on matters such as migration within supranational institutions.

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