Tag: EU law

Can Scotland block Brexit?

On The Sunday Politics Scotland today, the First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon, raised the prospect of Scotland placing an obstacle in the path of Brexit, saying: “If the Scottish parliament is judging this on the […]

Can the EU force the UK to trigger the two-year Brexit process?

There has been a great deal of discussion over the last couple of days about whether the European Union can force the United Kingdom to begin the two-year exit process set out in Article 50 […]

A new Prime Minister, or a snap election?

The Prime Minister’s failure to secure a vote in favour of continued EU membership raises obvious questions about both his future and his Government’s. Can the Prime Minister be changed without a general election? And […]

Brexit: Legally and constitutionally, what now?

Roughly half of the country is reeling this morning from the  news that the people of United Kingdom have voted — by a narrow but clear majority — to leave the European Union. There is […]

“Vote leave, take control”? Sovereignty and the Brexit debate

The following article was published — on the day of the UK’s EU referendum — in German in the print and online editions of the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung. It is reproduced here in English, in a lightly amended form, with permission.

Theresa May’s case for withdrawal from the ECHR: Politically astute, legally dubious, constitutionally naïve

Theresa May argues that the UK should remain in the EU but withdraw from the ECHR. Her thinking may be politically comprehensible, but does it stack up in legal or constitutional terms?

Parliamentary sovereignty and European Union law: A short reading list

Now that the starting gun has been fired on the EU referendum campaign, the idea of parliamentary sovereignty—what it means, whether it is compatible with EU membership, and whether it can meaningfully be reasserted whilst the UK […]