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?

Brian Christopher Jones: Wightman and How Not to Advance the Law

Wightman v Advocate General [2018] concerns whether it is legally possible to reverse an Article 50 notice given to the European Union. At first instance the Lord Ordinary refused permission for the petition to proceed, saying that the issue was “hypothetical and academic”. Under the Court of Session Act 1988, one of the hurdles for … Read moreBrian Christopher Jones: Wightman and How Not to Advance the Law

Getting the facts straight on the true cost of “MaxFac”

Last month, the likeable Chief Executive of HMRC, Jon Thompson, made waves when he revealed that a future ‘Maximum Facilitation’ customs arrangement with the EU could cost up to £20 billion per year. The largest proportion of this figure (roughly £13 billion) comes from the new cost to businesses of filling out customs declarations once … Read moreGetting the facts straight on the true cost of “MaxFac”

What MPs need to know about trade policy before voting on the EU Withdrawal Bill

As Members of Parliament prepare to debate the EU Withdrawal Bill again, we thought it would be useful to revisit some of our previous work on the impact on our independent trade policy of various arrangements the UK might have with the EU. These are very relevant to the amendments which will be before the … Read moreWhat MPs need to know about trade policy before voting on the EU Withdrawal Bill

Weekly round-up of events

This week’s event announcements include: ‘The Catalan Crisis in Context: Revisiting Sovereignty in Europe’, UCL, 17 April 2018 ‘Human Rights Laws at a Crossroads: What Directions after Brexit?’, Leicester Law School, 25 May 2018 ~~~ The Catalan Crisis in Context: Revisiting Sovereignty in Europe When: Tuesday 17 April 2018, 11am-5pm Where: UCL Institute of Advanced Studies, Common … Read moreWeekly round-up of events

Two souls in Europe’s breast: the attractions of EFTA for the UK

Could Britain gain from joining the European Free Trade Association? Carl Baudenbacher (Monckton Chambers and former president of the EFTA court) looks at the prevailing legal systems in Iceland, Switzerland, Liechtenstein and Norway, and concludes that they share aspects of legal doctrine with the UK. In 1992, Jacques Delors, then President of the EU Commission, … Read moreTwo souls in Europe’s breast: the attractions of EFTA for the UK

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