UK Update – European Union

Missy is back in action with a report from the UK and Europe. Report 1:


European Union

The EU bureaucrats have reportedly been expressing confidence that they will have the upper hand in the Brexit negotiations, however, there are tensions within the EU as the EU Commission bureaucrats try to assert their power and lead the Brexit negotiations despite it having been decided (and agreed) that the Brexit negotiations will be completed by the EU Council which consists of the leaders of the each of the EU member states.

On the Brexit negotiations, the EU have named a former Belgian PM to be the lead negotiator – how this will work hasn’t been discussed, so it is hard to know if he will be taking the cue for negotiations from the Council or Commission.

Whilst some in the EU Commission are rejoicing in delays for Britain in negotiating trade agreements outside the EU (they can’t formally negotiate trade agreements until they have left the EU) the EU itself is running into difficulty with the TTIP trade agreement with the US as talks have stalled again. It is reported that the hold up is with the French who do not like the agreement as it is at the moment, the French Foreign Minister last week was quoted as saying the TTIP is dead in the water. It is not expected that negotiations will resume until June 2017.

The EU Commission are expected to unveil draft legislation for a visa scheme for countries not in the Schengen Zone that have a visa waiver, similar to that of the US ESTA. This is in response to security fears, and is expected that it will be a similar process to those of the US, where travellers from countries with a visa waiver will have to apply online for permission to travel. Despite some media spinning this as a post Brexit scheme to apply to Britain only, if it comes in it would apply to the UK regardless of Brexit as they are not part of the Schengen zone, and it will apply to many other countries in the world, including NZ.

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  1. David

     /  13th September 2016

    “The EU Commission are expected to unveil draft legislation for a visa scheme for countries not in the Schengen Zone that have a visa waiver, similar to that of the US ESTA. This is in response to security fears, and is expected that it will be a similar process to those of the US, ”

    Ironic, let millions of undocumented people from a violent region into your nation, and then respond by increasing restrictions on documented people coming from non-violent regions.

    Just so you can say you did something.

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  2. A power struggle is starting as Political leaders in the EU see the growing unhappiness with Brussels bureaucrats and their power hungry ways in their electorates.

    Brexit and the recent German state elections a raising a red flag about the consequences of not listening to your citizens on statehood, border and immigration matters. And politicians have one key concern getting elected and collecting baubles and benefits dependent on being elected…

    methinks the UK leaving the EU is going to lead to a major reshuffle in the EU and more thanlikely a few more voting themselves out of the union

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