Brexit and the Future of Family Reunion Rights

A new draft for the withdrawal agreement published by the Brexit negotiators on 19 March presents its part on citizens’ rights, as ‘agreed at negotiators’ level’. Polly Polak explores how this would change current rights to family reunion, for EU citizens living in the UK and for UK citizens living elsewhere in the EU. Continue reading Brexit and the Future of Family Reunion Rights

The Road to Transition…Paved with Good Intentions?

As British Brexit negotiators are hoping to secure an agreement on the transition period at the European Council on 22-24 March, Sionaidh Douglas-Scott explores what they should keep in mind, and discusses sticking points to prepare for. Both the EU and UK appear to accept that a transition period (or as the UK Government prefers it – ‘implementation period’) will be necessary to effect Brexit, as it is unlikely … Continue reading The Road to Transition…Paved with Good Intentions?

Not in front of the MPs: Why can’t Parliament have a frank discussion about the EU?

In this post, Agata Gostyńska, research fellow at the Centre for European Reform, explains how Britain’s Parliament does a poor job of examining EU business—and proposes some simple reforms that would improve the way that it scrutinises European legislation. The British prime minister, David Cameron, wants to make the EU more democratic. National parliamentarians, in his view, understand citizens’ concerns better than MEPs who deliberate … Continue reading Not in front of the MPs: Why can’t Parliament have a frank discussion about the EU?

Q&A: Thomas Piketty responds to surprise Greek election result

In the wake of a surprise re-election of Alexis Tsipras and Syriza, Thomas Piketty, Professor at Paris School of Economics and at EHESS, discusses the need for a more active approach from European leaders when it comes to the Greek question – and for a eurozone parliament to be established.+++Thomas Piketty will speak at the UCL European Institute on 14 December 2015+++ The Tsipras victory has come as a … Continue reading Q&A: Thomas Piketty responds to surprise Greek election result