No longer bound by anti-innovation EU regulation, the UK can lead the world in Life Sciences and the Bio-Economy

Having spent fifteen years before coming to Parliament starting companies at the cutting-edge of biomedical innovation, and having served as the first ever Minister for Life Sciences at the Departments of Health and Business, I have seen first-hand the global potential of UK innovation and enterprise. I voted Remain at the EU referendum because, on … Read moreNo longer bound by anti-innovation EU regulation, the UK can lead the world in Life Sciences and the Bio-Economy

Jack Simson Caird: Parliament’s Right to a ‘Meaningful Vote’: Amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On Tuesday 12 June 2018, the Government will ask the House of Commons to reject the Lords’ meaningful vote amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (Lords Amendment 19). If the amendment is rejected, the Government will ask the Commons to accept its own alternative version, known as an ‘amendment in lieu’. If either amendment is … Read moreJack Simson Caird: Parliament’s Right to a ‘Meaningful Vote’: Amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

Don’t be taken in by the Brexit models being peddled by those backing the Lords’ amendments

I had a teacher at school who played rugby for England. Once. He dropped the ball on the line and a certain try was lost. It was a national humiliation. Now I fear we are about to do exactly the same this week regarding our future relationship with the EU and the votes to overturn … Read moreDon’t be taken in by the Brexit models being peddled by those backing the Lords’ amendments

Mutually assured destruction? Understanding the UK and Ireland’s standoff over the Northern Irish border

Time is rapidly running out in the Brexit negotiations and there is still no agreement in sight on the issue of the Irish border. Gavin Barrett explains that despite the ultimatums emanating from each side, a no-deal Brexit would be catastrophic for both the UK and Ireland. Tony Blair once famously compared then British Prime … Read moreMutually assured destruction? Understanding the UK and Ireland’s standoff over the Northern Irish border

There are three categories of revolting Remainer: what makes them tick?

When historians of the future look back on Britain in our time, they will surely see our row over Brexit as extraordinary. Not because people disagree and campaign: that is normal and healthy; but because an influential section of the country, and particularly of its upper classes, are refusing to accept the will of the … Read moreThere are three categories of revolting Remainer: what makes them tick?

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

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. Introduction On 27 February, the Scottish Government introduced the UK Withdrawal from the European … Read moreChristopher McCorkindale and Aileen McHarg: Continuity and Confusion: Legislating for Brexit in Scotland and Wales (Part I)

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