UK and European law

How trade unions are mobilising around the challenges of Brexit

Not all trade unionists wanted to stay in the EU. Nonetheless, Brexit poses a number of challenges for the labour movement. Steve French (Keele University) looks at the three areas on which unions plan to campaign – the regional and sectoral impacts of leaving the EU, and the risk that future free trade agreements will be negotiated with corporate rather […]

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    Sinn Fein won’t drop its abstentionist policy over Brexit – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing

Sinn Fein won’t drop its abstentionist policy over Brexit – and that’s not necessarily a bad thing

Sean Swan (Gonzaga University) provides a brief history of how Sinn Fein came to adopt its abstentionist policy and explains why it will not change a century-long stance to help defeat Brexit in Westminster. He writes that if they were to drop abstentionism, dissident republican organisations would gain support, to the detriment of the peace process. At the same […]

Why won’t the UK get a good Brexit deal on financial services? One word: Norway

When it comes to financial services, the UK will not be able to negotiate better access than Norway currently enjoys, writes Morten Kinander (Norwegian Business School). It is simply not in the EU’s interest to create a parallel equivalence regime for Britain. That is why the ‘Norway’ (EEA) model should not be ruled out. Claims that it would turn […]

Was Boris Johnson justified in using John Stuart Mill to make the case for Brexit?

Boris Johnson invoked John Stuart Mill in a recent speech, arguing that Mill’s thinking about the importance of the nation state underpinned the case for Brexit. Corrado Morricone considers whether Mill’s work can indeed be used to support leaving the EU.

In his Brexit speech on 14 February, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson made the case for a ‘spiritually British, European and global Britain’ after […]

The EU legal system is not a thing you can leave

The rules of free trade are undeniably complex, and are the product of many decades of agreements negotiated by numerous bodies. That is why extricating the UK from the EU is so very difficult, writes Philip Allott (University of Cambridge). He sets out why the ‘Norway option’ holds little appeal. 

The level of ignorance that surrounds the effort to withdraw the UK […]

Long read | Brexit and the sovereignty of Parliament: a backbencher’s view

Brexit is a constitutional, legal, and political challenge of a size the UK has not seen in decades and will have consequences that are both uncertain and long-lasting. In this post, Dominic Grieve MP offers his distinctive perspective on Brexit, discussing the concept of parliamentary sovereignty, the role of international courts in UK law, and the more troubling aspects of the Withdrawal […]

The post-Brexit challenges for European media systems

Since the Brexit vote, EU media policy has a new sense of urgency. It remains to be seen if member states will be more prepared to deepen media policy convergence in an attempt to protect fundamental values and rights, writes Damian Tambini.

In late 2016 DG Justice held a joint colloquium with DG CONNECT, discussing current challenges to media pluralism and […]

The good, the bad and the ugly arguments for ditching the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

One of the most contentious pieces of legislation to be put before Parliament – the EU (Withdrawal) Bill – now faces scrutiny and probable amendments in the Lords. From a human rights perspective, writes Joelle Grogan (Middlesex University), one of the most concerning aspects of the Bill is the exclusion of the European Union Charter of Fundamental Rights from the corpus […]

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    Brexit is an opportunity for MPs to scrutinise legislation better

Brexit is an opportunity for MPs to scrutinise legislation better

The proposed new sifting committee for Statutory Instruments under the EU (Withdrawal) Bill will not give MPs meaningful and effective oversight of them – unless amendments are made to more effectively hold the government to account, writes Joel Blackwell (Hansard Society).

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which returned to the House of Commons for its report stage on 16 January, was successfully amended at committee […]

How the European Council can break the impasse and give EU citizens certainty

The way that EU27 citizens in the UK have been used as bargaining chips in the Brexit negotiations is woeful. Unfortunately, write Ruvi Ziegler (University of Reading) (left) and Brad Blitz (Middlesex University and LSE), the EU has not helped matters by conceding that the rights of UK citizens living in the rest of the EU were negotiable, too. […]