UK and European law

MPs say they won’t allow a no deal Brexit. Can they stop one?

No deal is the default position if the Withdrawal Agreement is rejected by Parliament – but the situation is complex and developing quickly. Omar Salem explains what would be needed for a no deal Brexit to be avoided.

As things currently stand, the UK will leave the EU by operation of law at 11pm on 29 March 2019. If Parliament […]

The time has come to revoke Article 50

It’s time to revoke Article 50, writes Phil Syrpis (University of Bristol). Westminster has yet to see it, but it will not be long before the reality becomes impossible to avoid. Unless something is agreed, the UK will leave the EU on 29 March with no deal.

While attention was focused on the travails of Theresa May – who on 12 […]

The legal issues of revoking the notification to leave the EU – but then notifying to leave again

The European Court of Justice has ruled that the UK can unilaterally revoke Article 50. But, warns Ronan McCrea (UCL), this is only helpful if Britain takes the (extraordinarily unlikely) decision to reverse Brexit within the next couple of months. Should the UK equivocate, the Court would find itself in the very difficult position of having to rule on the country’s […]

The Article 50 ruling explained – in a sticky note

What does the European Court of Justice’s ruling on Article 50 mean for Brexit? Joelle Grogan (Middlesex University) explains in a sticky note (@StickyTrickyLaw).



This post represents the views of the author and not those of the Brexit blog, nor the LSE.

Joelle Grogan is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Middlesex University.

LSE Continental Breakfast 15: the ‘meaningful vote’

The latest in the series of LSE Continental Breakfasts – discussions held under Chatham House rules – tackled the issue of the Commons’ role in Brexit, and the ‘meaningful vote’ in particular. Oliver Garner (European University Institute) reports on the event.

On 25 November 2018, the European Council endorsed the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU – concluding the European […]

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    The Great Brexit Crisis: we are in for an unprecedented shake up of the UK constitution, laws, conventions, and politics

The Great Brexit Crisis: we are in for an unprecedented shake up of the UK constitution, laws, conventions, and politics

The UK seems to be rapidly heading for one of the most tangled and tumultuous political periods in modern history as Brexit nears its apogee, writes Colin Talbot. Whether you think we’re headed to Valhalla or Ragnarok, the constitution, law, conventions and politics are all set to be tested in ways rarely seen. In this blog, he presents a quick […]

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    A strange irony: How the EU withdrawal process ended up saving the Human Rights Act

A strange irony: How the EU withdrawal process ended up saving the Human Rights Act

Even though it looks increasingly likely the Brexit deal will not survive its first hurdle in parliament, there is yet more evidence in its pages that Brexit has saved the Human Rights Act and secured Britain’s long term future as party to the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), writes Frederick Cowell (Birkbeck). In the Political Declaration on the Framework of Future relations […]

Distress signals: how Brexit affects the Digital Single Market

The government prizes the creative industries as a key part of the UK’s industrial strategy. Yet some of them depend on the Digital Single Market, which is jeopardised by Brexit. Alison Harcourt (University of Exeter) explains how sectors like broadcasting, online financial services and online gaming could be affected.

A key component of the EU’s Single Market is its Digital Single […]

There’s no ‘Left Brexit’ – the EU enhances our sovereignty in building a just society

Three main claims made by advocates of ‘Lexit’ – a ‘Left Brexit’ – are that the EU prevents the UK from ‘wholesale state intervention in the economy’, the EU is bad for workers’ rights, and that it cannot be reformed. All three claims are mistaken, argues Ewan McGaughey (King’s College London), because the EU supports any system of property ownership, […]

Post-Brexit transfers of personal data: the clock is ticking

The UK government would like to keep EU-UK data transfers largely the same following the country’s separation from the EU, writes J Scott Marcus (Bruegel). But talks have yet to even commence on a future data-sharing relationship, and a landmark European Court of Human Rights ruling in September bodes poorly for the UK’s future status under the EU’s General […]