Is a second referendum on Brexit possible? Seven questions that need to be answered

Two years on from the Brexit vote, the benefits of a second referendum are being hotly debated. In this post, UCL’s Jess Sargeant, Alan Renwick and Meg Russell identify seven questions that should be considered before parliament decides whether a second Brexit referendum will take place. Last week a Sky poll suggested that 50% of the public would favour a three-way referendum on the UK’s future relationship with the … Continue reading Is a second referendum on Brexit possible? Seven questions that need to be answered

Brexit: Ireland stands to lose the most

Katie Daughen, head of Brexit research and support services at the British Irish Chamber of Commerce, assesses the economic risk which Brexit poses to Ireland. She argues that Brexit is especially dangerous for the UK-Irish relationship, and that businesses in both countries need to work together during the negotiations to ensure their interests are represented. From a British and Irish business perspective, Brexit has the potential … Continue reading Brexit: Ireland stands to lose the most

What role will parliament have in triggering Article 50 and shaping the terms of Brexit?

Constitutional lawyers have been engaged in a major debate over whether parliamentary authorisation is needed for Article 50 to be triggered and the process of negotiating Brexit to formally begin. In this post, the UCL Constitution Unit’s Robert Hazell and Jack Sheldon move the discussion on, asking how parliament might debate the triggering of Article 50 and, once it has been triggered, what role parliament … Continue reading What role will parliament have in triggering Article 50 and shaping the terms of Brexit?

Post-Brexit trade negotiations would pose significant practical challenges for Whitehall

The implications of Brexit for the UK’s trade arrangements, a subject on which Leave and Remain campaigners have sharply disagreed, were addressed in the first two seminars of a series on Brexit hosted by the Constitution Unit and the UCL European Institute. Drawing on the comments of the seminar speakers, Oliver Patel discusses the impact that post-Brexit trade negotiations would have on Whitehall and the … Continue reading Post-Brexit trade negotiations would pose significant practical challenges for Whitehall

Whose dossier is dodgy? Four major errors in Vote Leave’s response

Earlier this week, the UK Government published ‘The process from withdrawing from the European Union’, which aimed to set out what would happen in the case of Brexit. Vote Leave, a cross-party organisation campaigning for Britain to leave the EU, has published a response to this document. In this post, Piet Eeckhout, Professor of EU Law at UCL, highlights four major errors in Vote Leave’s … Continue reading Whose dossier is dodgy? Four major errors in Vote Leave’s response