Brexit and parliament: where did it all go wrong?

Meg Russell, Director of the UCL Constitution Unit and Professor of British and Comparative Politics at UCL, examines the four factors which contributed to the parliamentary ‘perfect storm’ over Brexit, concluding that ‘parliament’ largely got the blame for divisions inside the Conservative Party.  This article was originally published by the Constitution Unit Blog and is reposted with permission. Amidst the current Covid-19 crisis, last year’s Brexit clashes already … Continue reading Brexit and parliament: where did it all go wrong?

The EU should be concerned about the UK’s plans to rule out an extension to the transition period

Piet Eeckhout, Dean of UCL Laws and Academic Director of the UCL European Institute, argues that the Government’s plans to enshrine in law that the transition period can’t be extended could be both legally and politically problematic.  The government is proposing to add a new clause to the Withdrawal Agreement Bill which will exclude an extension of the transition period. This would enshrine in UK … Continue reading The EU should be concerned about the UK’s plans to rule out an extension to the transition period

Why the European Council Must not Reject an Article 50 Extension Request

Professor Piet Eeckhout, Academic Director of the UCL European Institute and Dean of UCL Laws, outlines the legal reasons why the European Council must not refuse an extension of Article 50. He notes that a refusal, in the current context, would amount to expelling the UK against its will, which the judgement in the Wightman case deemed unlawful. The Brexit saga continues to evolve from … Continue reading Why the European Council Must not Reject an Article 50 Extension Request

Brexit and The Politics of Extending Article 50

Kirsty Hughes questions whether the EU27 will give the UK a short or long extension of Article 50 at their upcoming emergency summit. She argues that the control of Brexit is once again more in the hands of the EU than in the ones of the UK Government or Westminster, with strict conditions to be set for any offer of extension.  Brexit faces yet another … Continue reading Brexit and The Politics of Extending Article 50