Europe: Head or Tails

Radicali, November 30, 2017, VoxEurop, December 18, 2017

A few days ago, the representatives of the governments of the twenty-seven Member States decided on a plan to relocate the European Medicines Agency and the European Banking Authority – the two Agencies that are currently headquartered on UK territory – and they needed to draw straws twice in order to secure a vote. This “extraordinary” procedure proposed by Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council, and Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the Commission, has no legal basis in the Treaties and will therefore need to be formalized through the two legislative proposals that the Commission presented on 29 November. It is clear from these legislative proposals, which set the deadline for relocating the Agencies at 30 March 2019, that the proponents of this “extraordinary procedure hope to establish a point of no return for Brexit. Lire la suite