Article 50

“No deal” more off the table again (for now)

Last night (21 March 2019), the European Council agreed to offer the UK an extension until 22 May 2019, if the UK Parliament passes the “Meaningful Vote 3.0” in relation to the Withdrawal Agreement next week. If the vote fails … Continue reading

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“No deal” back on the table

The Prime Minister has now officially requested an extension of the Brexit deadline to 30 June 2019 to enable her to bring the negotiated withdrawal deal (the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration on future relations) back to Parliament for a third ‘Meaningful Vote’.  … Continue reading

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WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN FOR THE UK TO EXIT THE EU?

The Prime Minister has now officially requested an extension of the Brexit deadline to 30 June 2019 to enable her to bring the negotiated withdrawal deal (the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration on future relations) back to Parliament for … Continue reading

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The backstop and Article 62 of the Vienna Convention on the Law of Treaties

International law and Geoffrey Cox QC MP, the UK Government’s Attorney General, burst onto centre stage this week as both became central to the UK Government’s ongoing attempts to get its Brexit deal through the House of Commons.

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Countdown to Brexit – three key votes

With just 15 days to go until Brexit, this week’s events in the UK Parliament may well be crucial in setting the future direction for the UK’s relationship with the EU.  To try to make sense of the ongoing political … Continue reading

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Challenge to Brexit based on campaign spending irregularities in the referendum funding has failed at the first hurdle

The Court of Appeal has held that it is unarguable that the Prime Minister’s decision to notify the EU of the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU was unlawful on the basis that the 2016 referendum was invalidated by … Continue reading

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Upcoming Webinars (11 and 14 March 2019) – Countdown to Brexit: three key votes

As negotiations between the UK and EU continue, next week looks set to be a crucial time for decision making in the UK Parliament.  While the House of Commons’ business for next week has not yet been set out, as … Continue reading

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JUDICIAL REVIEW OF THE BACKSTOP: POTENTIAL CROWDFUNDED CHALLENGE TO THE BREXIT AGREEMENT

A group of individuals (together named the Belfast Agreement Defence Group) have foreshadowed a judicial review in the High Court of England & Wales (Administrative Court). The challenge would seek an alternative to the Irish backstop protocol as provided for … Continue reading

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The View from Brussels – how to use EU law to improve the Brexit deal along the lines requested by the UK Parliament

In this View from Brussels we discuss how EU law could be used by the UK to improve the Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration along the lines recently requested by the UK Parliament. The backstop, if triggered, starts to apply … Continue reading

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UPDATED: HOW WILL THE “MEANINGFUL VOTE” WORK?

There has been much discussion of whether the UK Government’s attempt to have the negotiated withdrawal deal (the legally binding Withdrawal Agreement and the Political Declaration on future relations) approved by the UK Parliament by way of “meaningful vote” will … Continue reading

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