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On 21 June the Home office has issued a 60 page long “Statement of Intent” (SoI) on how EU citizens will be able to secure settled status in the UK after “Brexit”, with immense resonance in the press and blog sphere. Is a mere Statement of Intent worth the hubbub?
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Professor Schiek offers a first legal political assessment of the protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland in the draft withdrawal agreement from legal perspectives. She concludes that the EU Commission’s proposal on the one hand constitutes a major compromise, in that a sectoral approach to the EU Internal Market is allowed for Northern Ireland alone, in order to avoid the need of a physical infrastructure at the border on the island of Ireland. On the other hand, the draft falls short of securing the all-island economy in the service sector, and also has shortcomings in maintaining the hybridity of identities in Northern Ireland as aspired by the 1998 Agreement (also known as Good Friday or Belfast Agreement). TREUP Occasional Paper 3 (2018) An updated version taking into account the provisional agreements between the EU Commission’s and UK government’s negotiation parties on 19 March, is available here :The island of Ireland and the UK in Withdrawal Agreement Draft 19 March 2018 Schiek
In a recent extensive working paper Billy Melo Araujo examines the role of devolved governments in negotiating the UK’s new relationship with the European Union, adding a post-scriptum on the negotiators’ joint report of December 2017 ( http://go.qub.ac.uk/Melo-Araujo-Post-Brex-FTA ). In a shorter blog for the UK in a Changing Europe, Dagmar Schiek discusses the options of avoiding a hard border on the island of Ireland considering the positioning of the UK government in addition to the negotiators’ report (http://ukandeu.ac.uk/will-the-irish-question-be-solved/ ).