Brexit Round Up Energy (11th Nov. 2016)
This report will collate all key activity from the last week in Westminster, Whitehall, the European Commission, European Parliament and leading stakeholders as it relates to the energy industry.
Much focus has been on political events in the USA this week. With Donald Trump’s victory confirmed, many have been speculating on the impact it will have on Britain’s negotiating power during Brexit talks. During the post-war period, Britain and the United States have both pursued a foreign policy agenda based on international cooperation and global trade. Now for the first time however, Britain will be dealing with a United States that is opposed to this consensus.
Some have speculated that a Trump administration will be detrimental to Brexit talks; he brings none of the credibility of Clinton and his comments on NATO suggests his disinterest in European affairs. Theresa May herself said in December last year that Donald Trump “does not understand” the UK.
In the UK Parliament this week, ministers again refused to say whether the Acquired Rights Directive 2001/23/EC would be incorporated into British law after Britain leaves the bloc, following a debate in the House of Commons. The House of Lords EU Energy and Environment sub-committee held the latest session in its inquiry into the impact of Brexit on climate change and the environment as they questioned business and industry representatives about the risks and opportunities
Over in the European Parliament, one key event was the meeting Constitutional Affairs Committee which discussed what they saw as potential models for the future relationship between the EU and the UK.
- UK: Impact of Brexit on climate change and the environment
- UK: Supreme Court set date for Article 50 review
- UK: Government strategy to be broadly outlined before Christmas
- UK: MPs debate workers’ rights
- UK: Assessing impact of US elections on UK following Brexit
- EU: Parliament looks at potential models for the post-Brexit relationship
- EU: World Bank on trade and investment implications
- Weekly lookahead