Brexit Round Up Energy (18th 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.
In the UK this week, there were reports that the UK Government has prepared a short three-line Billl to begin the Brexit process - so Prime Minister Theresa May can meet her March deadline it has been reported this week. Sources say they believe the legislation is so tightly drawn it will be difficult for critical MPs to amend. An influential select committee has also this week launched a major inquiry into Brexit, energy and climate change, and are likely to take evidence on the subject in the coming weeks.
Away from Parliament, Downing Street has "wholeheartedly" rejected comments in a memorandum leaked to the press describing cabinet "divisions" over Brexit. The document, compiled by consultancy firm Deloitte and obtained by the Times newspaper, says Whitehall is working on 500 Brexit-related projects and could need 30,000 extra staff.
- UK: Government criticise Deloitte over leaked memo
- UK: Ministers quizzed by committee on Brexit and climate change
- UK: Committee launches inquiry into Brexit, energy and climate change
- EU: Climate change should be off limits in Article 50 talks, UK MEP says
- EU: Report on environment after Brexit
- EU: German finance minister interviewed on Brexit talks