GAC - Study Guide


The General Affairs Council coordinates preparations for European Council meetings. It is also responsible for a number of cross-cutting policy areas, which include EU enlargement and accession negotiations, the adoption of the multi annual financial framework and cohesion policies.

The General Affairs Council is in charge of ensuring the consistency in the work of all Council configurations. It prepares and follows up on meetings of the European Council. This Council is mainly composed of the European affairs ministers from all EU member states.

Photo credit:  The Journal

Photo credit: The Journal

TOPIC A: "Brexit negotiations between the EU and the UK"

Now that recession, terrorism and extremism threatens Europe, cohesion and cooperation are more important than ever for the European Union. In a globalized world, individualism can be dangerous for nations but this tendency is slowly increasing among the globe.

In 2016, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland expressed its desire of leaving the European Union through a binding referendum where only 32.8% voted against leaving.

The United Kingdom has been facing Brexit’s consequences since the results of the referendum became public: decreasing prize of the pound and stocks markets, increasing racism and xenophobia. Also, British economy could be damaged due to the importation and exportation taxes of the European Union, which are lower for the Member States.

Now that negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union are taking place, there are still some concerns to be addressed: which status will EU workers in the United Kingdom have? And how will the EU regulate labor from the United Kingdom? Will Brexit cut the easy mobility among the EU? Will the European Union and the United Kingdom reach a trade agreement and seek for an agreement to regulate its financial relations?