In a previous blog post, Michael-James Clifton (EFTA Court) argued that the UK has not notified its intention to leave the EEA as required. He has also written on the ‘EEA EFTA Separation Agreement’ agreed on 20th December 2018 and its significant problems (here). In this article, he addresses an alternative draft treaty: the ‘EEA EFTA No Deal Citizens’ Rights Agreement’ published on 8th February […]
Sam Fowles (Cornerstone Barristers) looks at the ramifications of extending the Article 50 period. Unless the UK leaves the EU before 1 July, it must either hold European Parliament elections or seek a change in the Treaty on European Union.
With the second defeat of Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement, the subsequent vote to reject a “no-deal” Brexit, and her application […]
Could the right negotiation process have brought the EU and Britain closer, not torn them apart? Paul Alexander looks at how a different negotiating approach, and a different Prime Minister, might have handled Brexit in a more consensual way.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing. But other countries have managed to maintain the EU’s legitimacy by timing referendums to coincide with […]
Whether at 11pm on 29 March or at a later date, in the absence of the Withdrawal Agreement being approved or Article 50 being revoked, the UK and the EU will find themselves in a ‘no deal scenario’. Given that the joint UK and EU commitment to avoid a hard Irish border was behind the backstop that proved so […]
Officials were ready for Brexit in the past. How different could things have been if they had prepared this time around, asks Lindsay Aqui (University of Cambridge)?
‘Nobody in Whitehall or Westminster yet has a grasp of what needs to be done, let alone how to go about doing it.’ This damning verdict of the UK government’s failure to plan […]
Brexit seems to get more complex and impenetrable by the day. Even experts can’t agree what’s going on. As the stakes get seemingly ever higher and the time-scales shrink, the confusion grows. But in reality, the choices and the issues are relatively simple, argues Colin Talbot (University of Cambridge). He outlines the possible choices available to the UK at this critical […]
Decades from now a new generation will look back with stunned disbelief at the chaos that has unfolded with Brexit, writes Gordon Brown. A day away from our most important Parliamentary votes and with only around 400 hours to go until Brexit, the logic of extending Article 50 is now inescapable if we are to avoid an economic cliff-edge […]