Even if No Deal doesn’t happen, there will be years and years of rows with the EU and political divisions in the UK. Denis MacShane argues that the briefest of readings of the Political Declaration attached to the UK-EU deal reveals that an eternity of difficult, tetchy negotiations lies ahead as the UK and EU try and fashion a new modus […]
Brexit is a major constitutional change. It creates considerable constitutional uncertainty, but also an opportunity. It could prove Britain’s constitutional moment. Vernon Bogdanor argues that just as joining the EU fundamentally altered the UK constitution, so Brexit could, by exposing the very nakedness of Britain’s uncodified arrangements, prove a catalyst for a written constitution.
During the period of membership of the European […]
The UK’s proposed mode of separation from the EEA Agreement is riddled with legal flaws, writes Michael-James Clifton (EFTA Court). He contends that the draft EEA EFTA Separation Agreement is improperly structured in terms of its Contracting Parties, and that there are competence problems as regards its substantive scope. In this post, he addresses the draft EEA EFTA Separation Agreement’s brittle provisions […]
Are referendums a sign of no confidence in the government? In this blog, Joseph Ward (University of Birmingham) compares the 1979 devolution and 2016 EU referendums in Britain. He argues that the 1979 Scottish referendum holds many important insights for understanding the political ramifications of the Brexit vote.
Throughout the protracted debate on Britain’s exit from the European Union, many scholars and commentators […]
The concept of a frictionless border is a constant theme of the Brexit debate. But as Anna Jerzewska (British Chambers of Commerce) points out there is no such thing as completely frictionless trade across a border. Brexit potentially adds new border formalities and checks when moving physical goods across the border, and these extra formalities add to border friction. The […]
Labour must maintain a broad electoral coalition if it wishes to form a government. Its path to Downing Street goes through the Leave-voting Conservative marginals, writes Richard Johnson (Lancaster University). Winning the Conservative-held constituencies in England and Wales that voted for Brexit is a sine qua non for the formation of a Labour government, he argues.
Based on the results of the 2017 […]
Opportunities to learn from Europe will no longer be available after Brexit. This is because the UK will be absent from EU policy coordination processes specifically designed to promote learning. In this blog, Kate Mattocks (University of East Anglia) writes about what exactly will no longer be available to the UK, after Brexit.
While Brexit’s putative material impacts have received a great deal of […]
UK Parliament is an institution that is traditionally considered weak in the foreign policymaking process. Has it now taken control of Brexit? Well, it’s complicated, writes Thomas Eason (University of Nottingham). On balance then, it is currently unclear who really has control of Brexit, he concludes.
Traditionally, Parliament is considered particularly weak when it comes to making foreign policy. Sure, Parliament […]
In principle, EU law still applies in the UK until the day the country formally leaves. However, as Arthur Dyevre (KU Leuven) writes, the UK’s impending exit may have already altered the application of EU law in British courts. Drawing on new research, he explains that UK courts have submitted substantially fewer questions to the Court of Justice of the […]