EU Commission: The UK will have no say on relocation of EU agencies

New Europe / Alexandros Michailidis

Union Jack flag flies outside Permanent Representation of the UK to the EU in Brussels, Belgium. 29 Mar. 2017

EU Commission: The UK will have no say on relocation of EU agencies


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“The decision to relocate the European Banking Authority (EBA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) is not part of the negotiations, it is rather a consequence,” said the European Commission chief spokesperson on Wednesday.

Two days after Monday’s statement of a spokeswoman for the British Brexit department on the location of EU agencies after UK’s withdrawal from the EU is complete, the Commission closes the conversation early. According to UK’s Brexit department, the location of the agencies had not been decided yet and would be“subject to the exit negotiations”.

Even so, it is expected that the UK’s chief Brexit negotiator, David Davis will fight to keep the EMA in London, despite the country’s decision to leave the EU by formally triggering article 50.

However, EU’s executive arm rather suggests that the two EU bodies based in London, will rather not be part of the Brexit talks, as EU agencies “must be based on the territory of the European Union.” The decision on the new location of the two London-based bodies will be made by the 27 remaining EU states, concluded the Commission spokesperson, concluding that “the UK will have no say on the location of the EU agencies”.

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