Opinion Factsheet  

Working document - Strengthening the EU-UK relationship at subnational level and remedying the territorial impact of the UK's withdrawal from the EU

Opinion Number: CDR 108/2022
Rapporteur: MURPHY Michael
Commission: CIVEX
Status: Working documents
Date: 28/04/2022
Since the conclusion of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), the CoR adopted positions on the relationship with the UK in its resolutions on the European Commission work programme 2022 and was visible on the matter by dedicating a chapter on post-Brexit in its Annual Barometer and by posting an idea on "Developing links between the EU and the UK with the support of local and regional authorities" on the Digital Platform of the Conference on the Future of Europe .

The opinion will therefore represent the first positioning of the CoR entirely dedicated to the relationship with the UK in this new context. Given that the relationship between the EU and the UK is still very much determined by hazards in the implementation of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement (TCA), which seem to be essentially caused by conflicting agendas at national levels, the CoR opinion will be one of the first institutional positions looking beyond the "intergovernmental" relationship.

The drafting of the CoR opinion will be based on strong interactions with the CoR-UK Contact Group as well as several CoR commissions, and in particular the ECON commission on matters relating to trade and to the implementation of the Brexit Adjustment Reserve (BAR) as well as with COTER on matters relating to territorial cooperation and transports.



Exchange of views at CoR's ECON commission

Discussion focused on territorial impact of Brexit, the implementation of the Brexit Adjustment Reserve and the "EU retained law"

15 Dec

Meeting with the Welsh Local Government Association (WLGA)

07 Dec

Bilateral meeting with the Chair of the CoR-UK Contact Group, Loïg Chesnais-Girard (FR/PES)

01 Dec

Meeting with Alun Davies and Laura Anne Jones, MS Welsh Senedd

01 Dec

Intervention at EESC EU-UK Follow-up Committee

22 Nov

Meetings with LGA, NILGA, COSLA

Online Meetings with:

  • Local Government Association: Cllr Shabir Pandor (Lab), Deputy Chair of the LGA Board, Member of Kirkless Council (West Yorkshire), Cllr Chris White (Lib Dem), Member of Hertfordshire County Council, Leader of St Albans District Council, Cllr Gillian Ford (Ind), Member of Havering London Borough Council, Richard Kitt, Head of Brussels office, Dominic Rowles, Deputy Head of Brussels office
  • NILGA : Cllr Robert Burgess (UUP), NILGA President, Cllr Matt Garrett (Sinn Fein), NILGA Vice President, Cllr Frances Burton (DUP), NILGA Vice President, Cllr Martin Kearney (SDLP), NILGA Vice President, Alan McDowell (Alliance), NILGA Vice President
  • COSLA: Cllr Alison Evison (President, Lab), VP Cllr Graham Houston (SNP), Environment and Economy Spokesperson (and CEMR Territorial Spokesperson), Cllr Steven Heddle (independent) and our Resources Spokesperson (and CEMR Employment and Social Affairs Spokesperson and observer of the European Social Dialogue), Cllr Gail Macgregor (Cons)

15 Nov

Interinstitutional meetings with MEPs and European Commission

Meetings with MEPs designated members of the Partnership Parliamentary Assembly:
Jeroen Lenaers (NL/EPP), Sean Kelly (IR/EPP), Andreas Schieder (AT/S&D), Tom Vandenkendelaere (BE/EPP)
and with the European Commission: Stefan Fuehring, Head of Unit of UKS.2 (EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement), European Commission Secretariat-General - Service for the EU-UK Agreements

10 Nov