Labour needs to dump Keir Starmer’s negotiating strategy advocating surrender to the EU

Hell hath no fury like an elite scorned. So it is with the House of Lords: the arch representative of the elite, unelected and unaccountable; the self-appointed custodian of the nation defying the people’s vote to Leave the EU, passing no fewer than 15 amendments to the EU Withdrawal Bill, most overtly aimed at obstructing … Read moreLabour needs to dump Keir Starmer’s negotiating strategy advocating surrender to the EU

Brexit at the Border: What Brexit looks like for those living beside the Irish border

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

Francis Young: Parliament and Taking Back Control: A Precedent from the Maastricht Debates

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

It’s time for the House of Lords to call a halt on its obstruction of the EU Withdrawal Bill

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

Are smaller parties denied a voice in Parliament’s Brexit debates?

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?

How a clean-break Brexit could boost the economy and Treasury coffers

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

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