Contested Justice: Brexit, Human Rights and the Culture War on Europe

Dr. René Wolfsteller, Lecturer in Comparative Politics at Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg, sheds light on the UK government’s refusal to formally commit to continued adherence of the ECHR. He argues that lack of public support, and persistent contestation of the HRA and ECHR, are the product of the UK’s constitutional structure and political nationalists setting a culture war on Europe. Continue reading Contested Justice: Brexit, Human Rights and the Culture War on Europe

Can the UK Breach the Withdrawal Agreement and Get Away With It?

Kenneth Armstrong, Professor of European Law at University of Cambridge, analyses the recently published United Kingdom Internal Market Bill in this post. He assesses the compatibility of the Bill with the Withdrawal Agreement, and considers the legal consequences of a Bill inconsistent with the Agreement. Continue reading Can the UK Breach the Withdrawal Agreement and Get Away With It?

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

Beyond Brexit: Towards a British Constitution

Brexit is a major constitutional change. It creates considerable constitutional uncertainty, but also opportunity. It could prove Britain’s constitutional moment. Vernon Bogdanor argues that just as joining the EU fundamentally altered the UK constitution, so Brexit could, by exposing the very nakedness of Britain’s uncodified arrangements, prove a catalyst for a written constitution. This blog draws from a lecture at UCL co-organised by the European Institute and the … Continue reading Beyond Brexit: Towards a British Constitution

Lies, Damn Lies and Leave.EU Leaflets

As the Brexit campaign heats up, many of us are receiving leaflets urging us to vote either “in” or “out”. Whilst it is to be expected that each camp will attempt to frame the argument in a way that favours its cause, the Leave.EU leaflet makes claims that are clearly misleading. UCL academics Randoph Bruno, Filipa Fiquiera and Jan Kubik set the record straight. Leave.EU … Continue reading Lies, Damn Lies and Leave.EU Leaflets