Great Repeal Bill

Article 50 does allow Britain to negotiate a transitional period

The PM intends to negotiate a transitional period after March 2019, during which people, businesses and services would have time to adapt to Brexit while the current regulatory framework is maintained. But it is still unclear how Britain will do this. Federico Ortino and Holger Hestermeyer (King’s College London) argue that Article 50 allows the UK to postpone the beginning of the withdrawal […]

Why May can’t have it all: the ECJ and the Brexit rules of (dis-)engagement

Theresa May was adamant that the UK would not accept the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice after Brexit. But as reality has sunk in, that red line has begun to blur. LSE Fellow Anna Tsiftsoglou explains why the ECJ is such a vital issue in the exit negotiations. To reverse David Davis’ footballing metaphor, if the UK plays in […]

Legislation that is, and is not: the deeply problematic Repeal Bill

The (no longer ‘Great’) Repeal Bill has been published, and is likely to encounter considerable opposition in both Parliament and the devolved assemblies. Joelle Grogan says that the Bill marks a move away from individual rights and remedies and offers nothing to allay concerns about ministers’ ability to amend laws without parliamentary scrutiny (Henry VIII clauses). It will be up […]

When EU laws are repatriated, will all the power go to Westminster?

‘Taking back control’ of laws from the EU was a major theme of the Leave campaign. But when an EU law applies to a devolved power, should Westminster, Stormont, Edinburgh or Cardiff take back the control? For the devolved nations, the answer is obvious; but the UK government argues it needs control of many powers in order to maintain […]

LSE Continental Breakfast 3: Whitehall feels the strain

In the third of LSE’s Continental Breakfasts – held under Chatham House rules, so participants can speak as freely as they wish – a roundtable discussed the immense challenges facing Whitehall as it gets to grips with Brexit. Philipp Dreyer reports on some of the key points.

The task Whitehall faces in delivering the government’s Brexit strategy is immense and unprecedented. Not even […]

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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 […]