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What’s Next For The Brexit Bill?

After 44 hours of debate, the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill finished its marathon journey through the House of Lords today. There was some last-minute drama as the Liberal Democrats mounted a quixotic effort to scupper the bill by blocking final … Continue reading

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Government Loses Brexit Case

In a widely expected ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without Parliament’s consent. I won’t go over the ruling in detail, as I’ve already discussed it here and here. Suffice it to say, I think the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Are MPs Really A Threat To Brexit?

In the aftermath of the High Court’s Brexit ruling, many Leavers have expressed their fears that pro-EU MPs will try to wreck Brexit if given the chance. But is Parliament really a threat to Brexit? It’s true that the overwhelming majority of … Continue reading

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Government Loses Brexit Case

Brexit just got more complicated. In a landmark ruling, the High Court ruled that the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union can’t use the royal prerogative to activate Article 50. The European Communities Act 1972 is at the heart of … Continue reading

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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Sturgeon Demands Scottish Veto Over Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, has made headlines by arguing that any attempt to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union should have the backing of all four nations. At the moment, foreign affairs are the exclusive … Continue reading

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