The post below was first published on our Brexit blog. The dispute over the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland to the UK Withdrawal Agreement is proving hard to implement. The European Parliament Research Service has produced a useful summary. The UK government has even suggested reneging on it but pulled back following … Read more

Scottish independence and EU membership: process and implications

In 2016, shortly prior to the UK’s referendum on EU membership, the Scottish National Party (SNP) manifesto argued that “significant and material changes in circumstances that prevailed in 2014” would justify a second Scottish independence referendum and that “Scotland being taken out of the EU against our will” would constitute such change. Since then, the UK … Read more

Public law horizon-scanning podcast series

The post below was first published on our Public Law blog We are pleased to share with you this three part horizon-scanning podcast series from the public law team. In this series, Nusrat Zar and Shameem Ahmad are joined by James McBride from Hanbury Strategy, a strategic advisory firm that provides political insight and analysis. … Read more

UK sets out mandate for trade negotiations with USA

This post was first published on our Brexit Notes blog. Today, the UK Department for International Trade (DIT) published its proposed approach to the future relationship negotiations with the USA. It is anticipated that the negotiations between the two countries will begin this month. The talks will be led from the UK side by Crawford … Read more

UK Government sets out mandate for future EU-UK relationship

This post was first published on our Brexit Notes blog. Today, the UK Government presented to Parliament its mandate for the negotiations on the future relationship with the EU. The mandate states that the parameters for the future relationship are set out in the UK/EU Political Declaration agreed in October 2019 and that a Comprehensive Free Trade Agreement (“CFTA”) should be at … Read more