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    Theresa May today triggered the Article 50 exit mechanism, starting the UK's process of withdrawal from the EU. Open Europe's Aarti Shankar takes a look at the key messages in Theresa May's notification of withdrawal letter.

    The post Open Europe responds to the triggering of Article 50 appeared first on Open Europe.


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  • 03/29/17--09:32: Over-interpreting Merkel
  • 29 March 2017 Shortly after Theresa May triggered Article 50, Angela Merkel gave a response. Her comments on the UK-EU negotiations are already being over-interpreted. Sky News, AFP, the Mirror, the Independent and many others are reporting that she has ruled out parallel negotiations. In fact what she has said is: “In the [Brexit] negotiations, […]

    The post Over-interpreting Merkel appeared first on Open Europe.


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    30 March 2017 Today David Davis’s Department for Exiting the European Union published a White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill. Or rather, they published a document that carried the more prosaic header: Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. It’s reasonably short, but well-written and clear. The point of the badly-named […]

    The post Open Europe responds to the Great Repeal Bill White Paper appeared first on Open Europe.


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    Open Europe's Vincenzo Scarpetta gives his initial take on the first draft of the EU's guidelines for the upcoming Brexit negotiations.

    The post The EU’s draft Brexit guidelines look anything but punitive appeared first on Open Europe.


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    Outside the EU, Britain will need to determine its own international trade and commercial policy, setting its own tariffs and negotiating its own bilateral free trade agreements. Open Europe’s new Global Britain report has identified the markets in which the UK should seek to deepen its trade relationship and where it should seek to exploit opportunities to improve its export performance.

    The post How should a truly Global Britain seek to upgrade its trade relationships beyond the EU? appeared first on Open Europe.


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    The public spat between Theresa May and Jean-Claude Juncker has diverted attention away from EU demands for extra-territorial jurisdiction over the rights of EU nationals in the UK that no British leader could ever accept.

    The post Proposed role for ECJ is biggest stumbling block to Brexit talks progressing appeared first on Open Europe.


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    Emmanuel Macron was yesterday elected President of the French Republic. Open Europe's Aarti Shankar discusses what to expect from his presidency.

    The post What to expect from Macron’s presidency appeared first on Open Europe.


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    As the Labour Party manifesto is leaked, Open Europe’s Dominic Hinde discusses the lack of a coherent Labour Party plan for Brexit.

    The post What does the Labour Party manifesto leak tell us about their Brexit policy? appeared first on Open Europe.


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    Labour’s manifesto pledge to end free movement may appear to have added detail to Labour’s Brexit stance, but it has not added clarity on how a Labour Government would address the practical trade-offs that will inevitably be necessary in negotiation with the EU. Alex Greer searches for Labour’s Brexit red lines in its published manifesto.

    The post Labour adopts ‘cake and eat it’ position on single market and free movement appeared first on Open Europe.


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    The European Court of Justice judgement on the EU-Singapore trade deal outlines in more detail the division of trade policy competences between the EU and member states. Open Europe's Aarti Shankar assesses what precedent this sets for a future UK-EU agreement.

    The post ECJ ruling on Singapore deal offers easier route to a broad UK-EU trade deal appeared first on Open Europe.


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    As well as making a definitive pledge to withdraw the UK from the EU Customs Union, the Conservative manifesto delivered a raft of eye-catching commitments on controlling immigration. Alex Greer looks at the detail and assesses what the proposals would mean for the UK in Brexit negotiations and beyond.

    The post Conservative immigration plans reinforce the need for a Global Britain after Brexit appeared first on Open Europe.


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    The latest release of net long-term international migration figures by the ONS shows a significant fall in EU migration, and a collapse in net migration from Eastern and Central European countries. Open Europe's Aarti Shankar looks at what might be behind this decline and suggests some effects from the Brexit vote may be visible.

    The post What is behind the fall in net migration figures? appeared first on Open Europe.


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    Open Europe's Georgia Bachti and Vincenzo Scarpetta will update this live blog throughout the day with reactions to the outcome of the UK General Election from politicians and press across Europe.

    The post UK General Election – Europe reacts appeared first on Open Europe.


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    A Conservative-led government will rely on the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP). The two parties broadly see eye-to-eye on the key Brexit issues, which are customs union and single market withdrawal. But the DUP’s likely desire to avoid a ‘No deal’ scenario reduces the credibility of Theresa May’s ‘No deal better than bad deal’ stance. Overall, the Prime Minister’s hand in Brussels has been weakened.

    The post DUP and Conservatives largely agree on shape of UK-EU deal, but election result poses more questions than answers appeared first on Open Europe.


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    Amid suggestions the UK government should "soften" its Brexit position and reconsider maintaining the UK's place in the EU single market, Open Europe's Aarti Shankar argues EEA membership would not be a suitable long-term arrangement.

    The post EEA membership: viable in the short-term, but an unsuitable long-term solution appeared first on Open Europe.


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    Open Europe’s Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at the European Commission’s new proposals for the supervision of non-EU clearing houses handling euro-denominated transactions – which are of great interest to the UK in light of Brexit. The approach chosen looks far more cautious than previous declarations made by several senior politicians across Europe.

    The post European Commission shies away from nuclear option in its euro clearing reform plans appeared first on Open Europe.


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    As the recent General Election has given the Labour Party a more important role in Brexit, Open Europe’s Dominic Hinde argues that it must end the confusion over its Brexit strategy and provide clarity on its approach to the single market.

    The post As the Labour Party’s influence grows, it must clarify its Brexit strategy appeared first on Open Europe.


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    Open Europe’s Stephen Booth explains the various Brexit components of the Queen’s Speech and argues that, despite accusations of putting forward a “thin” legislative programme, government and parliament will have more than enough work to be getting on with over the next two years.

    The post What does the Queen’s Speech mean for Brexit? appeared first on Open Europe.


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    With a new study by Deloitte finding that a ‘no deal’ Brexit would have a severe impact on the German car industry, Open Europe’s Georgia Bachti argues that the unity of the EU27 position will only really be tested when talks move from details of UK withdrawal to the new trade terms.

    The post Deloitte study finds that the German car industry would be severely hit by a ‘no deal’ Brexit appeared first on Open Europe.


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