Brexit negotiations: here’s Why in round Two


This week, the negotiations want to speak to a partner from the UK and the EU for the first time on specific content. On the Agenda are the same issues several large dispute. An Overview.

The British EU-exit is a done deal, the schedule is inserted – now it gets serious. Or, as Michel Barnier put it: “Now the hard work begins.” The Frenchman sits for the European Commission at the negotiating table. These will be the themes of this week:

Rights of EU citizens in the UK

As with the 3.2 million people, the country’s in the UK are currently living with a passport of another EU? This question is for both sides to be a priority. The proposal from London: Those who live for more than five years in the country, should receive a kind of special status. “We want to treat EU citizens as far as possible, as British citizens, only that they are not allowed to vote,” assured the British Brexit-the Minister least of all.

The European court of justice in Luxembourg to London disclaims any responsibility

Brussels goes this offer does not go far enough. Because from the EU point of view, the devil is in the bureaucratic Detail – for example, when it comes to family reunification or the recognition of studies and qualifications. Barnier calls, therefore, on clear, simple rules. Difficult it is likely to be also at the question of what legal authority monitors the rights of EU citizens. The do not want to leave Brussels, the arbitrariness of future British governments. London rejects, however, any jurisdiction of the European court of justice (ECJ).

The Brexit-Invoice

For plenty of explosive the issue of money is already. Brussels is demanding that the British government, to meet financial commitments entered into during its membership in the Union. It is a question of ongoing contributions for funding programmes, joint debt or pensions for EU civil servants. How high the bill will exactly be, is unclear. By Brussels to Pay up to one hundred billion euros in spirits, however.

Such sums holds in London, no-one is debatable, even if Britain’s Finance Minister, Philip Hammond, admitted recently: “If a sum is properly charged and tested, then we will talk about it, of course.” Hammond also brought a period of Transition following the withdrawal in March 2019 into the conversation, while one could continue to pay contributions to Brussels.

Britain’s Finance Minister Philip Hammond relies on compromise solutions

The Problem is that London can’t be on a unified negotiating position. Since the parliamentary elections in June, Prime Minister Theresa May is weakened, the power struggle within your Cabinet is a seething violent than ever. So Hammond is a proponent of a “soft” Brexits the hard-liners, David Davis and Boris Johnson. The foreign Minister, Johnson, had recently declared that Brussels can kiss its billions of claims.

The Irish border

With the Brexit a bizarre Situation with unpredictable consequences, threatening the Irish. So, the EU would extend the outer boundary in the future between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, including controls for commuter and goods traffic. The Irish government feared that in this case, the decades-long Northern Ireland-breaking conflict, and could lead to renewed violence.

The also want to avoid Brussels and London. So far, however, has not provided any of the two pages of concrete ideas, such as a “hard” limit should be avoided. Another factor could complicate the situation: So Theresa May was forced to withdraw after their defeat at the early parliamentary election, an informal coalition with the Northern Irish DUP. The Protestant party is because of their radical attitudes in Northern Ireland is controversial, its relation to the Catholic of Ireland charged.

For Michel Barnier (left) and David Davis, and it now goes to the work

Legal Responsibilities

The negotiators want to discuss in this week about ongoing judicial proceedings. The concerns about the extradition of offenders, but also infringement proceedings. In cases where the UK against EU law, could Brussels to determine even after 2019 – and possibly the one or the other fine collect.

For the time after the Brexit Brussels proposes a “joint Committee” of the dispute, governs cases about the discharge arrangements. No agreement is possible, is to decide, the ECJ and, where appropriate, impose sanctions. The court is for London a red cloth, the approval of this proposal, therefore, is questionable.

The Atomic Energy Authority

With the Brexit Britain to leave the European atomic energy community Euratom. This is about the safety of nuclear installations or the handling of nuclear waste is responsible, governs the trade of nuclear Material. The UK withdraws from the EU, contracts are all supply – be it for nuclear power plants or medical equipment in hospitals is obsolete. London therefore fear supply shortages.