EU agencies to ‘leave UK after Brexit’19/04/17Government
Two EU agencies employing more than 1,000 people in London, UK, will definitely move, despite UK attempts to keep them after Brexit, officials say.
The British government said this week that their location would be decided during Brexit talks.
However, a European Commission spokesman has insisted they should move to the EU.
“The UK is leaving the EU and it will have no say in the location of EU agencies,” said Margaritis Schinas.
The European Medicines Agency has 897 staff while the European Banking Authority employs 159 people, and the UK’s decision to leave the EU has prompted interest from several EU countries in hosting the two organisations.
The UK department run by Brexit secretary David Davis appeared to hold out hope on 17 April that the two agencies might remain in London. In a statement it said no decisions had yet been taken and that the two sides would discuss how best to continue co-operating on bank and medicine regulation.
However, Schinas said relocating was a consequence of Brexit. “A matter for the negotiations will be the duty for the UK to facilitate the transfer of these agencies, helping to ease the practical and financial burden for the experts working there who will have to relocate to another city in the EU.”
On 29 April EU government leaders will meet to discuss Brexit guidelines proposed last month by President of the European Council Donald Tusk .