By on Nov 18, 2018

European Commission recommends to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in Brexit negotiations

Brussels, 14 November 2018

The negotiators of the European Commission and the United Kingdom have today reached a deal on the terms of the Article 50 Withdrawal Agreement.

All aspects of the Withdrawal Agreement have now been finalised and agreed at negotiator level. This agreement marks a decisive moment in the negotiations. The European Commission therefore recommended to the European Council (Article 50) to find that decisive progress has been made in the negotiations on the orderly withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union, allowing the negotiations on the withdrawal agreement to be concluded and the next step of the process to be initiated. The negotiators have also agreed on an outline of the political declaration on the future EU-UK relationship.

The Withdrawal Agreement covers all elements of the UK's withdrawal from the EU: citizens' rights, the financial settlement, a transition period, governance, Protocols on Ireland, Gibraltar and Cyprus, as well as a range of other separation issues.

The EU and the UK negotiators have agreed on how to avoid a hard border between Ireland and Northern Ireland. Both will use their best endeavours to have a future agreement concluded before the end of the transition period by 1 July 2020. Should this not be the case, the EU and the UK could jointly extend the transition period. Alternatively, as of January 2021, the backstop solution for Ireland and Northern Ireland would apply, subject to a joint review mechanism.

That backstop solution means that a single EU-UK customs territory will be established, which will apply from the end of the transition period until such a time as a subsequent agreement becomes applicable. Northern Ireland will therefore remain part of the same customs territory as the rest of the UK. The single customs territory covers all goods with th...

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By on Nov 14, 2018 (Edited Nov 14, 2018)

Mayday for May

UK and EU officials have agreed the draft text of a Brexit agreement after months of negotiations. A special cabinet meeting will be held at 14:00 GMT today 14/11/2018 as Theresa May seeks ministers' backing. The agreement is based on a UK-wide customs "backstop" aimed at preventing new border checks in Northern Ireland. The customs backstop is a mechanism to ensure there is no hard border in Ireland after Brexit. This has angered hardline Brexiters. Mr Boris Johnson does not want to be "a slave of Bruxelles" so any iniative developed by Theresa May was doomed to fail even though this agreed customs backstop will be only temporary. When the agreed UK-wide customs backstop will be terminated the UK would be allowed to move to a free trade deal, stay within the customs union arrangement or extend the transition period. This, of course, is not acceptable to Northern Irish politicians, some of whom have indicated they will not support the agreement.

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Seven U.S. states will soon build enough wind turbines to more than double their wind capacity, according to the American Wind Energy Association’s (AWEA) newly released U.S. Wind Industry Third Quarter 2018 Market Report.

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The recently released Small Hydropower in the United States report provides an update on the status of small hydro (less than 10 MW) in the U.S., which it says makes up most of the “limited development of new hydropower … in the last decade.”

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On 31 October the WTO circulated the panel report in the case brought by Turkey in ““Morocco - Anti-Dumping Measures on Certain Hot-Rolled Steel from Turkey” (DS513).
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