UK politics

The Lords have just raised the bar on the defence of rights and the rule of law in the Brexit process

The success of the Lords’ amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill on Henry VIII powers is very important, writes Joelle Grogan (Middlesex University). It introduces a test of objective necessity that would stop ministers making changes to law at their sole discretion. Whether it will survive the parliamentary ‘ping-pong’ between the two Houses is, however, uncertain.

On 25 April, the […]

Scotland and Wales wait for the Supreme Court referee on Brexit

As the UK government refers the Scottish and Welsh bills to alter inherited EU law to the Supreme Court, Richard Parry (University of Edinburgh) discusses the interacting policies on devolution and Brexit.

As part of their unfolding tactics on Brexit, the Scottish and Welsh governments have through their legislators taken powers to alter inherited EU-based law in devolved areas after Brexit […]

The Windrush Generation have been treated appallingly. EU migrants may expect an even worse deal

The treatment of the ‘Windrush Generation’ has been appalling. Yet, argues Matthew Grant (University of Essex), it reflects the government’s policy of creating a ‘hostile environment’ for people who lack documentation in the UK. And while the plight of Windrush immigrants has generated sympathy even from people who normally oppose immigration, there is little chance that migrants from the […]

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    Have attitudes toward a second Brexit referendum reached a ‘turning point’?

Have attitudes toward a second Brexit referendum reached a ‘turning point’?

On 15 April, a campaign to hold a referendum on the final terms of the Brexit deal was launched in the UK. But do the public want another vote? And have attitudes toward holding a second referendum really changed in recent months, as some pro-EU campaigners suggest? John Curtice (Strathclyde University) says that there is little reason to think support for a second referendum […]

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    How will Brexit affect the social security rights and protections of EU migrants in the UK?

How will Brexit affect the social security rights and protections of EU migrants in the UK?

Linda Hantrais focuses on two ways in which social security provisions may be affected by Brexit: the social security rights of EU migrants to the UK, where EU institutions have come to play an important coordinating role; and, the social protection rights of British officials working for EU institutions, where benefits and employers’ contributions are paid from the EU […]

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    The powers of the Lords in Brexit are substantial but unlikely to be used to full effect

The powers of the Lords in Brexit are substantial but unlikely to be used to full effect

The Prime Minister suffered a big defeat in the House of Lords yesterday as peers endorsed requiring ministers to consider customs union membership post-Brexit. While this shows that the powers of the House of Lords in the Brexit process are substantial, they are unlikely to be used to full effect, explains Richard Reid (University of Oxford).

Yesterday (Wednesday) the House of Lords moved to the Report […]

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    The EU referendum was more a vote for re-regulation than for de-regulation

The EU referendum was more a vote for re-regulation than for de-regulation

Drawing on new polling of attitudes to Brexit, Marley Morris explores the public’s preference for different trade scenarios when faced with a number of difficult trade-offs. He concludes that, if the government wants public support for its negotiating position, it must negotiate a deal that keeps the European model close – and rejects the deregulation agenda.

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    What government has to do in order to get its Brexit deal through Parliament

What government has to do in order to get its Brexit deal through Parliament

By October ministers hope to have negotiated a withdrawal agreement on the terms of the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU), and a ‘framework for a future relationship’ on the long-term UK–EU relations. To reach an agreement with the EU on these documents in so little time will be a monumental challenge for the Government – but […]

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    The UK political system has been stirred by the Brexit process

The UK political system has been stirred by the Brexit process

Through its insistence on leaving the EU, the May government has created an immense, administrative and technical challenge for itself. Moreover, it must be completed within a perilously short timeframe. Andrew Blick (King’s College London) investigates the complications ahead of the Withdrawal Bill accounting for all the players involved.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill currently passing through the House of Lords is an important […]

Who really cares about Northern Ireland?

This week marks the 20th anniversary of the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement. Katy Hayward (Queens University Belfast) considers the current debate about whether Brexit is a threat to peace and stability in Northern Ireland. She argues that the obsession with avoiding physical infrastructure at the border represents a very limited view of where risks to the peace process might […]