A fourth vote on the Withdrawal Agreement would require new legal authority

There are press reports that Theresa May is trying to put the unchanged Withdrawal Agreement to a fourth vote next week. Not only does this flout the Erskine May ruling on bringing the same defeated legislation forward for repeated votes (until you get the right answer), it would also require a new European Council Decision … Read moreA fourth vote on the Withdrawal Agreement would require new legal authority

MPs have given Theresa May the authority to leave the EU on 12th April without a deal

Now that Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement has been voted down for the third time, most commentators are peddling the line that MPs have voted against all the possible alternatives. That is not strictly true. It seems to have passed most people by, but one of the indicative votes from last Monday indicated a clear route … Read moreMPs have given Theresa May the authority to leave the EU on 12th April without a deal

A five-point plan to solve the Brexit imbroglio

National humiliation, constitutional crisis, shambles, chaos, delusional and (for the German tabloid, Bild) ‘Brexokalypse Now?’: these are merely a sprinkling of the unflattering terms used to describe the unfolding drama of Brexit. With the House of Commons now embarked on its eleventh-hour attempt to find a way to resolve matters, this contribution by Iain Begg … Read moreA five-point plan to solve the Brexit imbroglio

The Brexit effect: Anti-EU right-wing forces are not taking over Europe

It has become conventional wisdom about European politics since the double impact of the 2008/9 crash and financial crisis followed by the waves of refugees, that anti-European nationalist populist, xenophobic parties are sweeping all before them. The Brexit vote is cited as irrefutable proof along with the increased votes for parties that claim to defend … Read moreThe Brexit effect: Anti-EU right-wing forces are not taking over Europe

Why I decided to vote for Theresa May’s deal

On the morning of a big vote, you suddenly find friends that you never thought you had.  Messages from Ministers whom you long thought had forgotten your existence.  Smiling colleagues who haven’t spoken to you for while putting a friendly arm around your shoulder and asking how you are feeling.  The whips’ office seems to … Read moreWhy I decided to vote for Theresa May’s deal

Richard Lang: Consequences of the Extension Deal: A Reply to Professor Allott

I would like to thank Professor Allott for his fascinating post, ‘Unexpected Denouement’. The UK Remains in the EU by Mistake. The Brexit Saga Could Run and Run’ from Tuesday.  I just wanted to be advocatus diaboli on a couple of points, although some extremely able advocates, commenting below the original post, should also be … Read moreRichard Lang: Consequences of the Extension Deal: A Reply to Professor Allott

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