“THE END OF UNCERTAINTY”: PRACTICAL QUESTIONS AFTER BREXIT: WHAT LIES IN STORE FOR THE UK? HOW WILL COOPERATION WORK?
The video of the event is now available at https://fbls.eu/2020/07/29/video-webinar-1-the-end-of-uncertainty-practical-questions-after-brexit-what-lies-in-store-for-the-uk-how-will-cooperation-work/
The UK has voted to leave the European Union and is currently discussing the terms upon which future relations will be conducted. It appears that there will be no extension of the time to establish new regimes after January 2021. Immensely important questions need to be settled. The Scottish Section of the Franco-British Lawyers’ Society and the School of Law at Glasgow University are jointly presenting a webinar on 3 July 2020 to review progress and identify concerns in a number of key areas, including criminal justice, persons, universities and cross border cooperation in regulation. The speakers will be:
– James Wolffe, QC, the Lord Advocate and chief legal officer of the Scottish Government, who will address cooperation in enforcement and the proposed new extradition system that is intended to replace the European Arrest Warrant
– Advocate General Eleanor Sharpston QC, who has written leading opinions on the rights of citizens will consider some potential consequences of Brexit.
– Professor Sir Anton Muscatelli, Principal of the University of Glasgow, and an adviser of the First Minister of Scotland on Brexit matters, who will look at the position of the universities,
– Maitre Stéphane Bonifassi, avocat at the Paris Bar and co-chairman of the French Committee of the FBLS, who will consider the multiple uncertainties touching Franco-British life and commerce.
To illustrate just one of the problematic areas, on 19 May, the UK Government published the draft legal texts it had submitted to the UK Task Force at the European Commission. Part 4 is headed ‘Extradition’ and sets out the proposals for a system of extradition that is intended to replace the European Arrest Warrant with effect from the end of the current transition period. For those who are interested, here is a link to the document containing the texts:
Universities UK have published a briefing paper on what they consider to be the relevant issues. This can be found at https://www.universitiesuk.ac.uk/policy-and-analysis/brexit/Documents/2019-brexit-settlement.pdf.
These texts are under negotiation. They are therefore subject to change. Their future depends on a deal being successfully negotiated between the EU under a timescale which was already tight and which the corona virus has rendered perilous. In all of this, cooperation will be vital, not only at the negotiation stage but afterwards. The approach to interpretation and implementation to be taken by the administrations, politicians and the courts will be fundamental.
The webinar offers an opportunity to review progress and to identify matters that cannot not be addressed legislatively, or at least on a legislative basis alone. The webinar will commence at 10.30UK BST/ 11.30 CET on Friday 3 July and last for approximately 90 minutes. Each contributor will speak for roughly 15 minutes and there will be time for discussion and questions. Ian Forrester QC, President of the Society, will chair the event. Professor Sir David Edward QC will give concluding remarks by way of synthesis.