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    Long read | There are yet more problems with the EEA EFTA No Deal Citizens’ Rights Agreement

Long read | There are yet more problems with the EEA EFTA No Deal Citizens’ Rights Agreement

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 […]

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    Extending Article 50: the key legal issues

Extending Article 50: the key legal issues

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 […]

It could all have been so different: how Britain might have negotiated with Brussels

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 […]

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    Article 50 extension: Why time for the UK to live through its crisis is also good for Europe

Article 50 extension: Why time for the UK to live through its crisis is also good for Europe

The UK’s departure is a strategic and historic disaster for the EU, writes Rosa Balfour (German Marshall Fund). Britain will suffer the most materially, but for the EU Brexit will represent a sharp fracture in a process of relative decline. The truth is that the whole continent is going through a major political crisis and the UK is pioneering it […]

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    Germany will not allow Brexit to compromise EU core principles 

Germany will not allow Brexit to compromise EU core principles 

The powerful role of German business was brought into the Brexit debate during the referendum campaign by Leave campaigners as they brushed off predictions of hampered trade with the EU in a post-Brexit world. They argued that German carmakers would surely make their interests heard. But as John Ryan (LSE) argues, this did not happen and Germany will not […]

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    Long read | Beyond tariffs: what ‘No Deal’ would mean for the Irish border

Long read | Beyond tariffs: what ‘No Deal’ would mean for the Irish border

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 […]

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    How to determine the ‘will of the people’: a mathematical view

How to determine the ‘will of the people’: a mathematical view

Mathematician Bernhard von Stengel (LSE) uses game theory to consider how a second Brexit referendum with more than two choices could be run, and how the counting-rule chosen for any multiple-choice ballot can determine the outcome.

If you favour a second referendum on Brexit (a prospect that is now, in early 2019, receding), you should not only think of what you should […]

Officials were ready for Brexit in 1975

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 […]

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    Bemused by Brexit? If you aren’t, you haven’t been paying attention

Bemused by Brexit? If you aren’t, you haven’t been paying attention

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 […]

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    Gordon Brown | The trillion pound question: extending Article 50

Gordon Brown | The trillion pound question: extending Article 50

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 […]