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Page 6 • AirCArgo AsiA-PACifiC • JUNE-JULY 2016 UK Brexit may require a change to the law that some mps could decide not to support EVERYONE wants clarity on the United Kingdom’s and the European Union’s next steps following the voters’ June 23 decision that the country should exit the EU (Brexit), but it now appears the process may be more complicated than has been claimed. As Andrew Hudson explains in his piece on page 22, Article 50 of the EU 2007 Lisbon Treaty contains a very general exit mechanism that suggests members leave the bloc via ‘negotiation and agree- ment’, but there is little further detail. In any case, it is ‘at least’ a two- year process to fully remove a member country from the bloc. The procedure is further complicated because the UK’s ruling Conservative party wanted to appoint a new prime minister before Article 50 was invoked. The two mps in the running for the top Westminster job – Theresa May and Andrea Leadsom – had widely different approaches to the best time frames to trigger Article 50. May said Britain needed to establish a clear negotiating position with the EU before invoking Ar- ticle 50, which would formally begin the process of separation. She has since said she will not invoke the Article this year. Leadsom wanted to sign the Article 50 letter immediately. “We need to get on with it, we need to seize the opportunity,” she told BBC television. “It’s about giving certainty to businesses. It’s about saying to the world ‘we’re open for business’. Let’s start getting some free trade agreements started as soon as we can. We need to get on with it, we need to get a grip and make progress.” Leadsom stood down as a candidate on July 11, leaving the mps’ favoured candidate - May - to be elected unopposed. She now is the UK’s new prime minister, and living in Downing Street and making her own mark on British politics.. To further complicate Brexit, however, UK legal firms claim the process is vastly more complicated than it appears. They point out Article 50 says: ‘Any member state may decide to withdraw from the (European) Union in accordance with its own constitutional requirements.’ The UK’s constitutional requirements require that the European Communities Act 1972 first be repealed before sending any Article 50 notice to Brussels. To repeal the European Communities Act in parliament could be difficult, because in the current UK parliament there are only about 140 pro-Brexit mps out of a total 650 mps. In theory, the Brexit sup- porters could be outvoted. Some mps will follow the Brexit wishes expressed in the EU in/out referendum, but Irish and Scots mps - who voted overwhelmingly to remain in Europe, may opt not to. There also are mps in England and Wales whose constituents voted to remain in the EU and some of those mps also might vote for ‘no change’. “As the final report highlights, Exercise Odys- seus has supported industry and government to be better prepared to successfully implement and manage a national livestock standstill, which is a key part of our strategy to eradicate FMD, if there was an incursion. “There is also now an increased awareness among potentially affected stakeholders of the im- portance, roles and potential impacts of a national livestock standstill and an outbreak of FMD. “This means that Australia is now better pre- pared to manage an outbreak and safeguard our industries and environment from this damaging disease.” In late May Australia’s chief veterinary officer dr Mark Schipp signed three further internation- al agreements on behalf of Australia during the World Organisation for Animal Health’s 84th gen- eral session in Paris. This intergovernmental body has 180 members. “International co-operation is absolutely critical in managing the spread and impact of animal dis- ease,” said Schipp. “By working together we can help control and limit the risks to our countries. That’s what these arrangements are intended to achieve. “One arrangement provides continued access to additional experienced personnel to assist in the event of an outbreak. “Another streamlines requests for additional vac- cines for foot and mouth disease in an outbreak, and to facilitate the timely recognition of zoning decisions to minimise disruptions to safe trade,” explained Schipp. “These arrangements show real international solidarity, transparency and leadership in working together to prepare for an animal health emergen- cy on a global scale.” Continued from page 4. Australia now better prepared to manage a livestock standstill India’s Codex is now live KALE Logistics Solutions confirmed the formal ‘ go live’ of Codex – India’s first container digital exchange. The Codex platform has processed 42000+ containers during its three-month pilot phase, thereby eliminating all sets of documents accompanying a container movement at the port city of Tuticorin.