Great Repeal Bill

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    ‘Things were better in the past’: Brexit and the Westminster fallacy of democratic nostalgia

‘Things were better in the past’: Brexit and the Westminster fallacy of democratic nostalgia

Dave Richards and Martin Smith examine why Brexiteers want to ‘take back control’ and how this desire is not only paradoxical but part of a ‘democratic nostalgia’ which could further exacerbate political disengagement.

Explanations of Britain’s vote to Leave the EU have tended to focus on how it is a response to, and a potential resolution for, a series […]

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    The (not so) Great Repeal Bill, part 2: How Henry VIII clauses undermine Parliament

The (not so) Great Repeal Bill, part 2: How Henry VIII clauses undermine Parliament

The Great Repeal Bill proposes to delegate power to Government in the form of a Henry VIII clause which will enable Government to change all EU-derived primary and secondary law by means of a secondary act (usually a statutory instrument) with limited or no Parliamentary scrutiny or oversight. In the second of her two posts on the Bill, Joelle […]

The (not so) Great Repeal Bill, part 1: only uncertainty is certain

The Great Repeal Bill is intended to convert all existing EU law into UK law. The aim is to provide legal certainty after Brexit Day and to enable the government to repeal aspects of EU law afterwards. But, writes Joelle Grogan in the first of a two-part series on the Bill, the proposed Brexit Day division will still create a great […]

The Great Repeal Bill explained in sticky notes

The Great Repeal Bill will let the government repeal those EU laws it wants to scrap or change. Joelle Grogan sets out the plan in the form of sticky notes.

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‘Legsit’ is no joke. It’s symptomatic of a reactionary Brexit political culture

The Daily Mail’s ‘Legsit’ headline was defended as ‘only a joke’. Not so, writes Roberta Guerrina: it is symptomatic of a political environment in which women politicians are forced to prove their femininity and forces opposed to progressive politics – like the Mail – are newly emboldened. The Great Repeal Bill gives government the chance to roll back EU […]

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    Elective dictatorship? The democratic mandate concept has become dangerously over-extended

Elective dictatorship? The democratic mandate concept has become dangerously over-extended

Against the background of a general breakdown of public confidence in the political elite, politicians on both left and right have seen themselves not as part of a broader governing elite but as outsiders, empowered by their democratic mandate to shake up government and make it more responsive to the wishes of the people. Nat le Roux argues that taken to its […]

No longer welcome: the EU academics in Britain told to ‘make arrangements to leave’

Some EU citizens living in Britain who decided to seek permanent residency after the Brexit vote are being told to make arrangements to leave. A number of these people are among the 31,000 EU academics currently working in UK universities. Colin Talbot says many are alarmed and some have already decided to leave – putting the expertise of Britain’s universities […]

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    Rights for the chop: how a Henry VIII clause in the Great Repeal Bill will undermine democracy

Rights for the chop: how a Henry VIII clause in the Great Repeal Bill will undermine democracy

The Great Repeal Bill will put EU law on the UK statute book. But what happens to it after that will often be down to ministers, who can use the ‘Henry VIII clause’ to amend or repeal legislation without the need for parliamentary scrutiny. Joelle Grogan argues that this is not only undemocratic, but may well lead to the loss […]

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    The political and legal headaches caused by Brexit have only just begun

The political and legal headaches caused by Brexit have only just begun

If the recent high court ruling on Brexit is upheld, then MPs in the UK Parliament will have to approve the decision to trigger Article 50 and begin the process for leaving the European Union. But how would this vote actually take place and what influence will Parliament have over the negotiations? Based on a recent report, Sara Hagemann assesses Parliament’s […]

The High Court judgment on Article 50 is a proper drubbing for the government

The High Court has ruled that Parliament must be consulted before Article 50 is triggered and Britain begins the process of leaving the EU. Jo Murkens says the judgment was exemplary in its clarity and reasoning, and amounts to a major setback for Theresa May’s plans.

Did judges today declare war on democracy? Did the High Court overstep its mark into […]