Tony Brown

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Tony Brown23rd June 20176min

In London a short, but clear, statement was issued by five organisations – British Chambers of Commerce, Confederation of British Industry, Institute of Directors, Federation of Small Businesses and Engineering Employers Federation EEF.

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Tony Brown1st June 20177min

On 29 May 2017, ten days before the UK General Election, the European Commission’s Brexit Task Force published two Draft Position Papers on Article 50. The position papers are based on two Working Papers which were distributed to Member States last week, setting out initial negotiating positions and providing clarity on the approach to be followed by Michel Barnier and his team as talks get underway. 

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Tony Brown23rd May 20176min

The Manifesto underlines the ‘Unionist’ element of its name in a section dealing with Northern Ireland. It begins by recognising the unique circumstances of the region and asserts that it will seek to ensure that Northern Ireland’s interests are protected.

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Tony Brown3rd May 20176min

On 1 May 2017, the new Europol regulation (Regulation (EU) 2016/794), which was adopted by the European Parliament on 11 May 2016, came into force, taking effect in all member states. This regulation updates Europol’s powers and enables it to step up efforts to fight terrorism, cybercrime and other serious and organised forms of crime.

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Tony Brown19th April 20176min

As the EU-27 prepare for the European Council meeting on 29 April which will set the negotiating mandate for the forthcoming talks with the UK Government, the European Commission’s Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, has given an insight into his approach to the demanding task to be undertaken by himself and his carefully assembled Brexit Task Force.

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IIEA30th March 20179min

On 29 March 2017, the British Government invoked Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union by letter, delivered in person by it Permanent Representative to the EU to the President of the European Council. This action brings to mind the importance of letters in the history of the relationship between the UK and the European Community/Union from the 1950s when the UK declined to participate in the creation of the EEC. Five such letters are covered here, with a brief introduction and reproduction either of the full text or of key passages. 

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IIEA27th March 201712min

These often-quoted words, attributed to the British civil servant, Russell Bretherton, marked the moment when the United Kingdom walked away from the 1955 Messina conference where the foundations were being laid for the treaty which would be signed by the leaders of the Six in Rome on 25 March 1957.

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IIEA2nd March 20176min

The first day of Spring saw the European Commission President, Jean-Claude Juncker, launch a White Paper on the Future of Europe, subtitled ‘Reflections and Scenarios for the EU27 by 2025’. This is the EU executive’s contribution to the debate which will take place at the special European Council meeting in Rome on 25 March celebrating the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Rome in 1957.