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Mairead McGuinness: It is welcome to have a Brxit Deal. EU has to be ready for farmers funding
The European Parliament’s Committee on Constitutional Affairs approved the Withdrawal Agreement, bringing Brexit one step closer. This was approved with a large majority of 23 in favour and three against. The full parliament plenary will vote on the deal next week. https://www.eudebates.tv/tag/brexit/ #eudebates #Brexit #EuropeanParliament #UnitedKingdom #VoteBrexit #BREXITDeal #NoDeal Speaking following the vote, Mairead McGuinness MEP and first Vice-President of the European Parliament said it is welcome that the UK’s exit from the EU will be orderly – but called on the commission to be ready to provide funding for farmers next year, should no agreement be reached for the agri-food sector. Mairead McGuinness Vice-President of the European Parliament #EuropeanParliament #UnitedKingdom #VoteBrexit #BREXITDeal #NoDeal Live Replay of the extraordinary meeting of the EP Committee on Constitutional Affairs where MEPs discuss and vote on the conclusion of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community. After parliamentary ratification in the UK was concluded, with Royal Assent granted for the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs voted in favour of a positive recommendation regarding the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, with 23 votes for, three against and no abstentions. The vote took place after a statement by Committee Chair Antonio Tajani (EPP, IT) and a discussion between the Parliament’s Brexit coordinator Guy Verhofstadt (Renew Europe, BE) and political group coordinators. The debate in the Committee focussed on Parliament’s contribution to protecting citizens’ rights in the context of Brexit (with the majority of speakers during the first round commending the EU’s negotiating team), as well as the steps that should be taken by the UK and EU27 governments to continue protecting these rights during the transition period and beyond. The discussion also addressed the overall impact of Brexit and the future relationship between the EU and the UK, which is going to be the objective of the future negotiations. Live Replay of the extraordinary meeting of the EP Committee on Constitutional Affairs where MEPs discuss and vote on the conclusion of the Agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community. Next stop, Brexit: Britain’s EU divorce bill becomes law Britain’s delayed and disputed Brexit bill has become law, removing the last U.K. obstacle to the country leaving the European Union in just over a week. House of Commons Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans announced Thursday that the Withdrawal Agreement Bill had received royal assent from Queen Elizabeth II, the final formality in its legislative journey. Prime Minister Boris Johnson says the U.K. has now crossed the “Brexit finish line” and will leave the EU on Jan. 31. The European Union’s parliament also must approve the Brexit divorce deal before Jan. 31. Lawmakers in Brussels are due to vote on it next week.
New UK Agriculture Bill to move away from old inefficient and overly bureaucratic CA
The introduction of this Bill follows the Chancellor’s recent announcement that funding for direct payments will remain the same for 2020 as for 2019. After this, the Agriculture Bill will provide a new system of farm support, which aims to move away from the EU’s Direct Payments structure and move instead towards a system where farmers are paid ‘public money for public goods’, such as enhancing air and water quality, tackling climate change or improving animal welfare.
Retaining influence in Europe after Brexit
In 2016, the-then foreign secretary Boris Johnson said “while the UK is leaving the EU, it is not leaving Europe”. The UK and the EU will still need to deal with shared problems such as climate change and terrorism. The UK will also want to shape EU rules on data and health and safety standards that will continue to affect it after Brexit. But the UK will find it much harder to do so once it is no longer ‘in the room’. In this session, speakers explored how the UK must adapt the ways it engages the EU and why failing to do so could damage its long-term interests. Our panel: Nicole Sykes, head of EU negotiations at the Confederation of British Industry Joe Owen, programme director at the Institute for Government Georgina Wright, senior researcher at the Institute for Government Alex Stojanovic, researcher at the Institute for Government. The event was chaired by Jill Rutter, senior fellow at the Institute for Government. There was an opportunity for questions from the audience.
How will Britain and Europe build a new relationship after Brexit?
This week we are discussing what happens next on Brexit and what is in store for our new relationship with Europe. (Subscribe: https://bit.ly/C4_News_Subscribe) Gary talks to Georgina Wright from The Institute for Government and Sam Lowe of the Centre for European Reform #Brexit ------- Watch more of our explainer series here - https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list... Get more news at our site - https://www.channel4.com/news/ Follow us: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Channel4News/ Twitter - https://twitter.com/Channel4News
Going 'nude': UK supermarkets test plastic-free zones
British supermarkets are starting to go "nude". Bowing to pressure from environmentally conscious consumers, big brand shops have begun taking steps to strip their shelves of plastic wrapping over concerns about saving the oceans from waste. Video by William EDWARDS, Mathilde BELLENGER / AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE Visit us at https://www.inquirer.net Facebook: https://facebook.com/inquirerdotnet Twitter: https://twitter.com/inquirerdotnet