The Irish border has been centre stage of the Brexit negotiations for a while now. For some, it is viewed as an obstacle to realising the goals of ‘Global Britain’, for others it is a line of defence against a hard Brexit. As the debates transcend into increasing hyperbole, it is all too easy to … Read moreBrexit at the Border: What Brexit looks like for those living beside the Irish border
This post considers whether it is a convention of the British constitution that Parliament cannot direct the executive in the making of treaties. The context, of course, is the current tussle over whether the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill should be amended to allow the House of Commons a “meaningful vote” on the outcome of the … Read moreFrancis Young: Parliament and Taking Back Control: A Precedent from the Maastricht Debates
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which is approaching its final parliamentary stages this week, ought to be relatively uncontroversial. Its principal purpose is simply to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, the statute under which legislation emanating from Brussels passes automatically into the body of British law. It also contains a number of other provisions … Read moreIt’s time for the House of Lords to call a halt on its obstruction of the EU Withdrawal Bill
The EU Withdrawal Bill’s return to the Commons saw SNP MPs protest about their voices having been excluded from the Brexit debate. Louise Thompson (University of Surrey) explains how parliamentary procedures can indeed restrict debate for smaller opposition parties, and considers whether something ought to be done about it. Following the first session of the EU Withdrawal … Read moreAre smaller parties denied a voice in Parliament’s Brexit debates?
Britain’s convoluted and acrimonious negotiations with its EU counterparties seemed to have caused almost the entire UK political and bureaucratic classes to lose sight of the opportunity costs of any putative settlement. Governments have zero resources of their own, only those that they can expropriate from their citizenries. This means that all the expenditures that … Read moreHow a clean-break Brexit could boost the economy and Treasury coffers
Rational debate and the movement of opinion swayed by facts and analysis has always been at the centre of our parliamentary affairs. As a nation we want issues to be decided by this rational process. So it should be with Brexit. The one option we could choose that has not had the attention it has … Read moreWhy a WTO-based exit from the EU is best for the UK
To see what a temporary arrangement for the Northern Irish border might look like, one need look no further than the boundaries of the border itself, established 97 years ago as an initial temporary measure – and still going strong today. The partition of Ireland in 1921 created an initial provisional boundary between North and … Read moreLessons from history on temporary arrangements for the Irish border
This morning BrexitCentral watched Brexit Questions in the House of Commons so you don’t have to, we’ve put together highlights from Ministers of the Department for Exiting the European Union at the dispatch box. Make sure you follow our Twitter account for all of the latest updates and developments. Pro-EU MPs did not argue for … Read moreThat is something “no independent, self-respecting nation could tolerate” – highlights from DExEU Brexit Questions