Robert Craig: Why Royal Consent Is Required for the Proposed Article 50 Extension Bill

I wrote recently on this blog about the issue of Royal Assent. This post concerns the wholly separate issue of Royal Consent which is a requirement for those rare Bills that would affect the royal prerogative. The possibility of a no deal exit has led Yvette Cooper MP to propose a Bill, the European Union … Read moreRobert Craig: Why Royal Consent Is Required for the Proposed Article 50 Extension Bill

Delaying Brexit with an extension to Article 50 means Remaining in the EU

Those of us who have made our lives in Brussels have always known it: EU referendums are a trick for idiots. The people can vote, but their vote will have no effect, not unless the vote is what the EU wants. Of course, I thought that would not apply to the UK; we are not idiots. … Read moreDelaying Brexit with an extension to Article 50 means Remaining in the EU

An Arbitration Agreement can solve the backstop blockage

The UK government has not been able to get the UK EU Withdrawal Agreement approved primarily because of objections to the Northern Ireland Backstop (officially called the Protocol on Northern Ireland). The objectors fear that the UK could be permanently locked into the Backstop. To end the Backstop representatives of both the EU and the … Read moreAn Arbitration Agreement can solve the backstop blockage

Why the Northern Irish backstop makes the draft Withdrawal Agreement unpalatable

As we rapidly approach the final showdown on the Withdrawal Agreement, it’s worth recalling what the problem with the backstop is. At a visceral level, it really is about how we see our country. Are we going to keep the United Kingdom together? And what sort of trading country do we want to be once … Read moreWhy the Northern Irish backstop makes the draft Withdrawal Agreement unpalatable

MPs must heed Theresa May’s call on Parliament to hold its nerve

The EU’s negotiating tactics are those of a bully: bullies are weak, hence the need to bully. Their approach is to take negotiations right to the wire and force the other side to give in by the shear fear of the consequences of not reaching an agreement in time. They practised this on Greece to … Read moreMPs must heed Theresa May’s call on Parliament to hold its nerve

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