What is Article 50? Tim Barrow will hand deliver a letter signed by Theresa May to European Council President Donald Tusk at 12.20pm today, invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – the mechanism by which an EU member state can exit the Union. This historic act gives Britain and Brussels two years to negotiate an exit agreement and decide what their future relationship will be. Related articles What time will Article 50 be triggered TODAY? Article 50 to be triggered TODAY: What happens next as Brexit begins? Article 50 stipulates a two-year deadline for a nation to “set out the arrangements for its withdrawal, taking account of the framework for its future relationship with the Union”. This period can be extended if the European and all member states agree to do so. Any exit deal must be approved by a “qualified majority” – 72 per cent of the remaining 27 member states. WHAT DOES BREXIT MEAN? Brexit day: images from … [Read more...] about Brexit: What is Article 50? Is Article 50 revocable?
ARTICLE 13 is a copyright law that has been approved by members of the European Parliament. This is set to be welcomed by many musicians who claim the reforms are needed to fairly compensate artists. What is Article 13? Article 13 would make big online platforms like YouTube and Facebook responsible for scanning content for anything copyrighted and ensuring the holders are paid a fair fee. The law has divided many, with musicians including Paul McCartney saying that the reforms are necessary to fairly compensate artists.Critics such as Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales have argued that the impact will fall most on ordinary users of the internet. Tech giants such as Google and Facebook may also be forced to pay media outlets for using their content. The Directive on Copyright states "online content sharing service providers and right holders shall cooperate in good faith in order to ensure that unauthorised protected works or other subject matter are not available on their … [Read more...] about What is Article 13 and what do the new EU copyright laws mean?
Under the new rules, technology companies will be responsible for material posted without the proper copyright permissions. The Copyright Directive was backed by 348 MEPs, with 278 against. Those in favour of the new law say it will compensate artists and musicians fairly. Related articles Macron’s popularity drops AGAIN: No end in sight to CRISIS UK mobile firms pledge to continue FREE data roaming in hard Brexit But critics say it will destroy user-generated content, and alter the nature of the net. Each EU member state must now approve the decision to implement the law, and if they do they have two years to do so. The two clauses causing the most controversy are known as Article 11 and Article 13. Article 11 states that search engines and news aggregate platforms should pay to use links from news websites. Article 13: Protests have been gathering steam around Europe (Image: EPA) What is Article 13? Article 13 covers how "online content sharing services" should deal … [Read more...] about Article 13: What is Article 13? Are memes BANNED? What has the EU banned?
BRITAIN is no longer expected to leave the EU by March 29 after Parliament overwhelmingly voted to extend Article 50. Here's what we know about that piece of legislation that's got us all hot under the collar. What is Article 50? Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty is a very basic five-point plan that allows any country to leave the EU. At just 250 words it is light on detail for the momentous move that the UK is still trying to make, nearly three years after the referendum.It states: “Any member state may decide to withdraw from the union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.” The UK was the very first country to trigger Article 50, and did so on Wednesday, March 29, 2017. This set ticking the two-year period in which the UK is legally required to leave the EU - and sparked a furious race to get a Brexit deal through within this timeframe. What will happen if Britain extends Article 50? With no deal agreement in sight, MPs endorsed Theresa May's plan to ask … [Read more...] about What is Article 50, why do people want to revoke it and what’s the ‘Cancel Brexit’ petition?
The final version of a controversial new EU copyright law has been agreed after three days of talks in France.Google has been particularly vocal about the proposed law, which it says could "change the web as we know it".Article 13 of the EU Copyright Directive states services such as YouTube could be held responsible if their users upload copyright-protected movies and music.In a few weeks, MEPs will vote to decide whether it becomes law.The EU last introduced new copyright laws in 2001. The EU says it wants to make "copyright rules fit for the digital era", but not everyone agrees with the proposed changes.If the UK leaves the EU with a deal, and the directive becomes law, it would apply to the UK during any transition period.What is Article 13?Article 13 is the part of the new EU Copyright Directive that covers how "online content sharing services" should deal with copyright-protected content, such as television programmes and movies.It refers to services that primarily exist to give … [Read more...] about What is Article 13? The EU’s copyright directive explained