The Government should ignore the special pleading from false voices of business

If we were to believe the so-called voice of business, the world would be flat and the UK about to fall off the edge on Brexit day. The recent manifestation of “Project Fear” mark III , clearly a blatant attempt to frustrate and stop Brexit by organisations and businesses which have openly declared their opposition … Read moreThe Government should ignore the special pleading from false voices of business

A soft Brexit is a compromise that would please no one

The outcome of most negotiations is a compromise in which all sides cede some ground. But Iain Begg (LSE) argues that ‘soft’ Brexit cannot offer an enduring compromise between ‘Brexiteers’ and ‘Remainers’ because both will be so uncomfortable with it. Split the difference. In most negotiations it is the three-word formula most likely to be … Read moreA soft Brexit is a compromise that would please no one

My constituents would still vote Leave and want the Government to get on with the job

A little while ago I remember reading in the Yorkshire Post that we Yorkshire folk are the most opinionated in the country – a trait of which we Yorkshire men and women are no doubt very proud. The survey identified that 93% of us are prepared to offer our opinions. So last week I decided … Read moreMy constituents would still vote Leave and want the Government to get on with the job

Do the UK’s backstop proposals signal progress?

The publication of the UK government’s technical note on customs arrangements the other week was welcome. After months of requests from the EU and the Irish government, the UK government have, at last, provided a written draft plan on the Irish border to discuss. In this blog, Etain Tannam (Trinity College Dublin) explains whether the UK’s backstop … Read moreDo the UK’s backstop proposals signal progress?

A tariff-free regulatory mutual recognition arrangement during transition would make perfect sense all round

On the UK side in the Brexit negotiations, it appears there continues to be uncertainty or disagreement on the following two connected points (amongst others). First, there is the claim that new UK customs procedures will not be ready by the end of the currently-agreed “transition period”, in December 2020. Second, there is the claim … Read moreA tariff-free regulatory mutual recognition arrangement during transition would make perfect sense all round

Ben Yong, Diana Wallis, Murray Hunt, Greg Davies and Cristina Leston-Bandeira: Lawyering for Legislatures: The Roles, Responsibilities and Challenges of Parliamentary Lawyers

Legislatures are confronted with highly complex issues which require legal advice. Much of this work is done by parliamentary lawyers—in-house lawyers who support the legislature in scrutinising legislation and executive action. Parliamentary lawyers should be distinguished from lawyer-politicians; the private staff of parliamentarians who are legally qualified, but who serve in a partisan capacity; and … Read moreBen Yong, Diana Wallis, Murray Hunt, Greg Davies and Cristina Leston-Bandeira: Lawyering for Legislatures: The Roles, Responsibilities and Challenges of Parliamentary Lawyers

Robert Craig: New Article 50 Case Resoundingly Rejected by the Divisional Court

In the film ‘Gladiator’ an epic and brutal battle scene at the beginning is followed by the Emperor’s pampered and rich son arriving the next day in a coach. He jumps out brandishing his sword and shouting “where is the battle” in front of the weary troops. Readers will remember that the original legal battle … Read moreRobert Craig: New Article 50 Case Resoundingly Rejected by the Divisional Court

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