Newark Event- 12th December 2018

Europe Direct East Midlands North enjoyed a festive atmosphere for their final event of the year at Newark Market.

There was a great deal of interest in how ‘businesses can prepare for Brexit’, and also informing EU Nationals of their democratic rights for voting in the ‘2019 European Elections’.

It was refreshing to engage with market holders and gauge their views on the current political landscape.

Just a reminder that we have no confirmed events for 2019 thus far; we are in the process of devising our Action Plan for the year ahead. We will release further details about events and how you can get involved in due course.

Europe Direct East Midlands North wishes all their readers and supporters a very Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

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FINAL CALL FOR OUR FINAL EVENT OF THE YEAR- Newark Market-Wednesday 12th December 2018

On Wednesday 12th December 2018, the Europe Direct East Midlands North team will be hosting a stall at Newark Market, where we will be on hand to provide more information about the role of Europe Direct, alongside answering any enquiries you may have about citizenship and other democratic rights.

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Our attendance at Newark Market is timely given the dynamic political landscape- Brexit negotiations are reaching a crucial stage, where a Parliamentary vote on accepting or rejecting the Withdrawal Agreement is scheduled to take place on Tuesday 11th (day before our Newark Event!).

There will be a diverse range of EU Publications and resources on the day- you are more than welcome to help yourselves to as many copies of each as you would like. If you require further copies of a particular resource, we will happily order some directly to your address.

Further details of the event can be found on the event flyer below. Keep your eyes peeled for additional events as we enter the New Year. The best way to keep updated is to regularly monitor the ‘News’ section of our website, or sign up to the monthly e-newsletter!

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Questions and Answers – the rights of EU and UK citizens, as outlined in the Withdrawal Agreement

Europa.EU have compiled a useful resource, which helps to explain some of the recurring lines of enquiry and queries from the public associated with the Withdrawal Agreement.

The document is for information purposes only, and it is important to note that the Withdrawal Agreement needs to be ratified by both the UK and the EU for its entry into force.

Click on the image below to be re-directed to the original Q&A document!


Europe Direct Speaks to Citizens Advice Training Day – 5th December

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Europe Direct East Midlands (North) were pleased to be invited to speak to Citizens Advice Broxtowe’s annual training day. With a full house of 48 attendees we were able to provide an overview of the benefits of being in the European Union, including travel, access to health services (EHIC), driving licences, the digital single market and pet passports were all explained. There was much concern about the possible loss of these rights after Brexit.

sHowever the main focus was to explain the customs union and single market. Aided by our new game, ‘The Four Freedoms’ we provided a working overview the concepts behind single market and four freedom. We also gave an explanation of why full access to the single market has never been achieved without respecting the four freedoms of Capital, Labour, goods and services.

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There was an introduction into the various directives that enable the market and the four freedoms to function on a level playing field. Feedback from the event was very positive and participants described how it was the first time they had been able to grasp these concepts due to the way the information was provided and broken down into manageable segments.

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IMG_2751The main event was followed by a Christmas meal that provided us the opportunity to discuss, individually, EU topics. Of most interest was citizens rights after Brexit, the Home Office settlement scheme and understanding the UK/EU withdrawal agreement and political declaration.

Vacancy – Polish speaking teaching assistant

Nottinghamshire County Council are are seeking to appoint a Polish speaking Teaching Assistant to work at Worksop Priory C of E Primary Academy covering maternity leave starting in January 2019 to work 22.25 hours per week, term time only.The role will involve direct work with Polish pupils, teaching English and supporting them to fully access the wider curriculum and to engage with school life. There will also be direct work with parents, including translating correspondence.

Further details can be found on the Council’s website.

Michel Barnier -“the time has come to back the deal.”

On 29th Novemebr Michel Barnier explained to the European Parliament  the conclusions of the Extraordinary European Council of 25 November, where heads of state or government backed the negotiated withdrawal agreement and the political declaration regarding future relations with the UK. In addressing the Parliament the EU’s chief negotiator said it was “the time has come to back the deal.” Please find the press release from the European Parliament HERE.


In line with article 50 of the EU Treaty, the European Parliament is set to vote on the withdrawal agreement in early 2019, before the final vote of the Council. However the UK Parliament is due to vote on the withdrawal agreement on 11th December.

In the meantime the BBC are today reporting that Advocate General Manuel Campos Sanchez-Bordona has ruled that The UK should be able to unilaterally cancel its withdrawal from the EU. The Court of Justice (ECJ) will deliver its final ruling at a later date but this is a significant development as the UK Parliament is set to commence a debate on the withdrawal agreement today.

The full BBC report can be read HERE.