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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 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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The Queen And The European Union

There’s been some fuss in the United Kingdom today over The Sun‘s claim that the Queen has expressed Euroskeptic views on at least two occasions, including a 2011 lunch with Nick Clegg at Windsor Castle and a meeting with MPs at Buckingham Palace. 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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Grayling Grumbles About the ECHR

Last week, Chris Grayling, the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, announced plans to drastically overhaul Britain’s human rights laws. If Grayling has his way, decisions of the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights will be purely advisory, and Parliament … Continue reading

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