Addressing the Irish border question has been at the centre of Brexit. Proposed solutions to the issue have divided not just the UK and the EU, but also the UK government and Parliament, and the two main political parties in Northern Ireland. These polarised approaches have resulted in delays to the Brexit process. Given the current political impasse, a […]
Tim Oliver’s brilliant new book, Understanding Brexit – A Concise Introduction, leads us through the byzantine complexities of the European Union and the options for how the Brexit process may unfold. It is a valuable resource for teachers and students, especially those interested in a Brexit textbook. In it Oliver tells us that that Brexit provides a window onto questions about British […]
Even now, with Brexit consuming Parliament, the question of whether we are suffering a constitutional or a political crisis is important, write Anand Menon and Alan Wager (The UK in a Changing Europe). Political crises are generally short-lived; constitutional crises represent a challenge to the system itself. A general election might be enough to push a deal through the […]
As the clock continues to run down the major foreign policy fiasco of Brexit remains unresolved. We still do not know what Brexit will look like, how exactly we will get there, or whether it will happen at all. In light of recent developments, it is now worth revisiting the question, who really has control of Brexit? The Commons’ backbenchers now […]
The impasse over the Withdrawal Agreement has highlighted the inability of the House of Commons to shape the substance of the Brexit deal. There is a growing sense of frustration at the apparent unwillingness of MPs to face up to the limited choices before them, writes Jack Simson Caird (Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law). A key lesson from the […]
Given the importance of the financial services industry to the UK, why has it not been more successful in shaping the Brexit negotiations? This weakness is rooted in the contingency of the City of London’s position within the British state, and the system of pluralist representation upon which it rests, write Thomas Warren (University of East Anglia), Scott James […]
The threat to the constitutional and territorial integrity of the United Kingdom is increasing, writes Nikos Skoutaris (University of East Anglia). He explains the ramifications of the backstop debacle for the future of ‘Our Precious Union’.
The decision of the Prime Minister Theresa May to stand down if the Parliament approves the Withdrawal Agreement has led a number of passionate proponents […]