As the UK Parliament prepares to vote on the Withdrawal Agreement the next few days will be crucial in determining the future relationship of the European Union and UK.
Last minute discussions between the EU27 and UK have resulted in Interpretative Declarations to clarify the situation around the Irish backstop. The EU’s communication on the discussions and interpretative Declarations can be read below.
We will try to keep the news up to date and don’t forget that on the 21st March we will be holding a drop-in information session in Nottingham with the latest information on Brexit and what we know from the events of this week.
The BBC have produced a useful guide to how a no deal Brexit might impact you. The link is shared below.
In a separate move MEP’s voted to limit the negative impacts of Brexit in a no-deal scenario upon citizens.
To ensure the least possible disruption, MEPs on Wednesday vote on travel, transport, Erasmus, social security and fisheries measures.
At the request of the European Parliament and the Council, the European Commission proposed urgency measures to mitigate the effects of a withdrawal of the UK from the EU without an agreement.
These measures include legal safeguards for current Erasmus students and teachers in or from the UK to complete their ongoing learning activity abroad, continued funding of EU programmes building cross-border and cross-community relations in Ireland and Northern Ireland and provisions for maintaining basic air and road freight and bus services between the EU and the UK. They should furthermore enable EU and UK fishing vessels to temporarily continue to operate in EU and UK waters.
Contingency measures do not replicate the benefits of membership or of a transition agreement. They are limited in time and adopted unilaterally by the EU. Some are adopted under the condition that the UK adopts similar measures (reciprocity).
Read the full communication here.