What no-deal really means for customs on the Northern Irish border

We still have little idea what the customs arrangements on the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland will be after 29 March. A border control expert explains why the border is so crucial and sets out the scale of the task customs and other regulatory bodies on both sides of the border will face. If the United … Read moreWhat no-deal really means for customs on the Northern Irish border

Robert Craig: Could the Government Advise the Queen to Refuse Royal Assent to a Backbench Bill?

Introduction As is well known, the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement was voted down in Parliament last week by 230 votes in a ‘meaningful vote’ mandated under s 13(1) of European Withdrawal Act 2018 (‘EUWA’). This led to the Opposition tabling a formal vote of no confidence in the Government under the Fixed-term Parliament Act 2011 (‘FTPA’). … Read moreRobert Craig: Could the Government Advise the Queen to Refuse Royal Assent to a Backbench Bill?

Remainers won’t ‘get’ Brexit until they understand their caricature of Brexiteers is entirely wrong

These past few weeks I’ve been trying to make sense of why it is our country is so divided. Why don’t Brexiteers and Remainers understand one another? You could write a book on this of course, but I suspect that at least one big aspect of this lies in the fact that the Remainers’ view … Read moreRemainers won’t ‘get’ Brexit until they understand their caricature of Brexiteers is entirely wrong

In every aspect of British life there are positives to leaving the EU without a deal

Now the Withdrawal Agreement and all the negotiations have been so roundly defeated, it is the moment to seize the opportunity to vigorously promote the WTO way forward. There is no signed agreement, and there is no legal obligation to abide by its costly rules. Let us now be confident in the enormous opportunity which … Read moreIn every aspect of British life there are positives to leaving the EU without a deal

Breaking the Brexit deadlock: a binding Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement might provide the answer

What if the solution for the UK Brexit shambles does lie with the EU? In this blog, Stijn Smismans (Cardiff University) proposes the tool of a Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement, instead of a Political Declaration, as a way to change the dynamics of cross-party compromise on a new deal. Arguably the UK government has only itself to blame for … Read moreBreaking the Brexit deadlock: a binding Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement might provide the answer

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