Could Brexit lead to Frexit – or Czexit?

Seán Hanley, Senior Lecturer in Comparative Central and East European Politics at UCL, examines the claims that Brexit may lead to significant political repercussions in other EU member states, including potentially a domino effect of EU referendums. A powerful coalition of forces – ranging from the driest of conservatives to Greens and the radical left and taking in big business,  trade unions, churches and universities … Continue reading Could Brexit lead to Frexit – or Czexit?

Post-Brexit, would Whitehall be able to rise to the challenge of negotiating the best possible deal?

Much will be expected of the civil service if Britain votes to leave the EU. Every Whitehall department and diplomats in Brussels will be embroiled in complex negotiations to thrash out a series of new relationships. Without additional resources and expertise, the UK’s ability to obtain the best possible deal may be hampered, writes Nicholas Wright, Teaching Fellow in EU Politics at UCL. Following a … Continue reading Post-Brexit, would Whitehall be able to rise to the challenge of negotiating the best possible deal?

Does the Prime Minister have to trigger Brexit talks under Article 50 after a vote to leave the EU?

Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty sets out the procedure for a member state leaving the EU, as would be the case for Brexit. In an earlier post, Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the UCL Constitution Unit, discussed how Article 50 could lock the UK into negotiations that could tilt the balance of power away from the UK and make a second in/out referendum on an … Continue reading Does the Prime Minister have to trigger Brexit talks under Article 50 after a vote to leave the EU?

What happens if we vote for Brexit?

The EU referendum could be held as early as June so clarity is needed about what will happen in the event of a vote to leave. In this post Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the UCL Constitution Unit, explains Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty which sets out the procedure for leaving the EU. Under it a second in/out referendum of the type floated by … Continue reading What happens if we vote for Brexit?

Britain and EU reform

EU Law Professor at UCL and co-initiator of the Britain & Europe project Piet Eeckhout revisits the question of EU reform, including different options for and legal as well as political constraints of such reform. He also makes a particular plea for the UK to not neglect Eurozone governance arrangements. This blog is devoted to the Britain & Europe question, which gained political prominence as … Continue reading Britain and EU reform