The EU’s Political and Security Committee: Still in the shadows but no longer governing?

The Lisbon Treaty introduced the most far-reaching reforms to EU foreign and security policy cooperation since the 1990s. In the following piece, Heidi Maurer (University of Bristol) and Nicholas Wright (UCL) explain the effects of the Lisbon Treaty on the EU’s Political and Security Committee, and how the committee is now battling to maintain its influence. This piece was originally written for the LSE’s European … Continue reading The EU’s Political and Security Committee: Still in the shadows but no longer governing?

Looking Back at the EU Future Relationship Act

Jeff King is Professor of Law at UCL Faculty of Laws, and a Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution. In this long read, he explores the constitutional implications of the quick passage of the European Union (Future Relationship) Act. This piece is an expansion of a Twitter thread posted on 30 December, 2020 in reaction to the bill’s passage. Continue reading Looking Back at the EU Future Relationship Act

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?