Christopher McCorkindale and Aileen McHarg: Continuity and Confusion: Legislating for Brexit in Scotland and Wales (Part II)

Editors’ note: This is the first of a two-part post on the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity) (Scotland) Bill, introduced into the Scottish Parliament on 27 February 2018, and the Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill. Part I can be found here. Introduction Part one of this post examined the … Read moreChristopher McCorkindale and Aileen McHarg: Continuity and Confusion: Legislating for Brexit in Scotland and Wales (Part II)

Book Review: Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe edited by Benjamin Martill and Uta Staiger

In Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe, editors Benjamin Martill and Uta Staiger bring together contributors to consider the possible implications of Brexit for the futures of Europe and the European Union. Available to download here, the book’s interdisciplinary approach makes clear the difficulties of predicting the potential outcomes of an unfolding process while nonetheless outlining a number of different … Read moreBook Review: Brexit and Beyond: Rethinking the Futures of Europe edited by Benjamin Martill and Uta Staiger

Northern Irish ‘progressives’ are using opposition to Brexit as cover for their nationalist agenda

The recent statement by four Northern Ireland political parties on the Customs Union and the Single Market was a clear example of the kind of political connivance that lurks beneath those relentlessly seeking to undermine the will of the British people. The Alliance Party and Green Party in Northern Ireland present themselves as neutral cross-community … Read moreNorthern Irish ‘progressives’ are using opposition to Brexit as cover for their nationalist agenda

We were never going to be able to resolve Irish border issues until after the trade talks

The Irish border issue ought to be very simple. We should work out what trading arrangements we want with the EU and then seek the “softest” border between Ireland and Northern Ireland consistent with those trading arrangements, where a perfectly “soft” border is defined as one at which goods are not stopped at the border … Read moreWe were never going to be able to resolve Irish border issues until after the trade talks

Paul Craig: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Legal Status and Effect of Retained Law

In an earlier posting I intimated that the initial divide between EU measures that should be regarded as primary legislation post-Brexit and those that should be regarded as secondary measures would not be too difficult to draw. When the initial divide had been made it could then be decided whether the status of any such … Read morePaul Craig: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Legal Status and Effect of Retained Law

Populism fed pro-Leave sentiment, but what kind of populism?

Euroscepticism is an established force in British politics. Did it explain the Leave vote, or was the advent of right-wing populism also responsible? Brian Rathbun (University of Southern California) looks at the correlation between nativist and anti-elite sentiments and support for Brexit. He concludes that a particular kind of populism – one grafted onto a distrust of multiculturalism … Read morePopulism fed pro-Leave sentiment, but what kind of populism?

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