UK and European law

The Brexit Prime Minister? Assessing Theresa May’s legacy

Theresa May’s premiership exacerbated the political divides behind the ongoing breakdown of the Conservative-Labour duopoly of the party system, write Christopher Byrne (Leeds Beckett), Nick Randall (Newcastle University) and Kevin Theakston (University of Leeds).
The political obituaries that followed Theresa May’s decision to step down as Prime Minister and leader of the Conservative party were not kind. The Times’ assessment was […]

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    Long read | Are we in a constitutional crisis or is this the UK constitution at work?

Long read | Are we in a constitutional crisis or is this the UK constitution at work?

How has Brexit impacted the UK constitution? Are we in a constitutional crisis or is this the UK constitution at work? Jack Simson Caird (Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law) discusses the constitutional issues that have arisen due to the Brexit vote and outlines the key events since the referendum and challenges faced by current and future governments […]

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    Another wave of anti-politics is looming – can the centre hold?

Another wave of anti-politics is looming – can the centre hold?

Criticisms of the highly centralised, elitist, top-down Westminster model are by no means new. Consecutive Prime Ministers – from Blair to May – vowed to take on vested powers and interests, challenge the status quo, and change the way politics is conducted. Yet, as Patrick Diamond (QMUL), David Richards (Manchester), and Alan Wager (KCL) show, they have all failed to deliver their […]

How the financial industry and the law firms that support it are preparing for Brexit

The three years since the referendum have given the financial sector plenty of time to prepare for Brexit, writes Rebecca Christie (Bruegel). Thousands of lawyers have registered to practise in Ireland and firms are using Brexit as a chance to diversify, relocating some services elsewhere in the EU.
The UK is leaving the European Union, in spirit if not in […]

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    Common Travel Area Memorandum of Understanding: a Brexit consolation prize?

Common Travel Area Memorandum of Understanding: a Brexit consolation prize?

With the end of Theresa May’s premiership the Withdrawal Agreement she had concluded with the EU receded out of her reach, in a “here’s-what-you-could-have-won” game-show moment. But what does she take home? What international agreement can be set against her three-year tenure in Downing Street? The Common Travel Area Memorandum of Understanding, concluded in May 2018, could be cast as […]

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    Should those who wish Europe well be thankful that Brexit has proven to be such a mess?

Should those who wish Europe well be thankful that Brexit has proven to be such a mess?

If other countries were to follow the UK in voting to leave the EU, then Italy would be one of the most likely candidates. But what impact has Brexit had on Italian public opinion? Drawing on findings from a new survey, Gianluca Piccolino, Davide Angelucci and Pierangelo Isernia find that among supporters of the Five Star Movement/League government, Brexit […]

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    Northern Ireland border poll must avoid pitfalls of Brexit Referendum

Northern Ireland border poll must avoid pitfalls of Brexit Referendum

Brexit will likely increase support in Northern Ireland for a united Ireland. The Brexit process, however, illustrates the difficulties of using a popular vote to mandate a radical but poorly defined change of constitutional direction. Ironically, the dynamics unleashed by that process may lead to Irish reunification being approached in the same way, writes Oran Doyle (Trinity College Dublin).

The UK’s departure from the EU will likely increase […]

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    Brexit has been a wake-up call about the value of European integration

Brexit has been a wake-up call about the value of European integration

The UK’s decision to leave the EU has sent shockwaves through its institutions and the member states, but there are also indications that Brexit represents more than merely the dramatic culmination of the EU’s decade of crisis, writes Maximilian Conrad (University of Iceland). The resulting pro-European backlash, witnessed both domestically and throughout the union, suggests that the referendum may […]

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    Both Northern Ireland and the UK will suffer at least 3-4 % reduction in GDP per year for a decade as a consequence of Brexit

Both Northern Ireland and the UK will suffer at least 3-4 % reduction in GDP per year for a decade as a consequence of Brexit

Of pressing concern is how Brexit will affect Northern Ireland in terms of trade, freedom of movement of persons, foreign direct investment, and loss of European Union funding.  In this blog, M. Leann Brown argues that evidence suggests that NI and the United Kingdom will ultimately suffer at minimum a 3-4 per cent reduction in GDP per year for a decade […]

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    Global Britain? Replacing the EU with the Commonwealth is fanciful

Global Britain? Replacing the EU with the Commonwealth is fanciful

Replacing participation in the European Union with enhanced cooperation at the Commonwealth is not a viable option for the United Kingdom, writes Rishi Gulati (LSE). It is a triumph of hope over reality. This much is made clear by a leaked document from the Commonwealth reported on by the BBC on 13 June 2019 demonstrating that the institution needs significant and systemic reforms […]