Monthly Archives: June 2016

Will Brexit Require An Act Of Parliament?

The UK Constitutional Law Association’s blog has a number of interesting posts about the constitutional aspects of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. Particularly noteworthy is a piece by Nick Barber, Tom Hickman, and Jeff King arguing that Britain might not be able to … Continue reading

Posted in British Constitution | Tagged , , | 1 Comment

Could Scotland Block Brexit?

There have been reports in the media that Nicola Sturgeon is threatening to use the Scottish Parliament to block Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union. It’s a bold claim, but could it actually happen? At the heart of the issue is something … Continue reading

Posted in Devolution | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Could Parliament Ignore The Brexit Vote?

Last night, a friend of mine asked if I thought there was any chance that Parliament might ignore the result of the Brexit referendum. It’s an interesting question. From a constitutional standpoint, the referendum is simply advisory, and the Government … Continue reading

Posted in British Constitution | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Why Didn’t David Cameron Step Down Immediately?

In the aftermath of Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, David Cameron has announced that he will step down as Prime Minister in October. This led a friend of mine to ask why he didn’t resign right away. The answer is that … Continue reading

Posted in British Constitution | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

First Thoughts On Brexit

The United Kingdom has voted to leave the European Union. It was a close vote–52% voted to leave and 48% voted to stay. I have mixed feelings about the outcome. As a scholar of the British constitution, I’m glad that Britain has … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Why I Haven’t Said Anything About Brexit

A lot of people have asked me if I have an opinion on the Brexit referendum. I invariably disappoint them because the answer is that I simply don’t know how I would vote. On the one hand, I do like … Continue reading

Posted in Uncategorized | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Margaret Thatcher’s Official Papers

The Margaret Thatcher Foundation is doing something really cool: they’re publishing all of her official papers as they become available from The National Archives. As far as I’m aware, this is the first time that a head of government’s papers have been made available like … Continue reading

Posted in British Government | Tagged , , | Leave a comment