National Courts Cannot Override CJEU Judgments

A joint statement by Piet Eeckhout (UCL), R. Daniel Kelemen (Rutgers University), Federico Fabbrini (Dublin City University), Laurent Pech, (Middlesex University) and Renata Uitz (Central European University) defending the EU legal order. The statement, originally published on Verfassungsblog, was published in multiple languages in major newspapers across Europe: The Irish Times (Ireland) El País (Spain) Jutarnji (Croatia) Sole 24 Ore (Italy) – print only Rzeczpospolita … Continue reading National Courts Cannot Override CJEU Judgments

Brexit: can regulatory autonomy and level playing field be reconciled?

In light of the recently published EU negotiating directives, Prof. Piet Eeckhout, Dean of UCL Laws and Academic Director of the UCL European Institute, argues that the EU’s demand for UK alignment with EU standards could prove problematic, as the EU itself expects the right to regulate and change its standards over time. Should the UK not be afforded this right? There is a tension … Continue reading Brexit: can regulatory autonomy and level playing field be reconciled?

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

Post-Brexit Trade Relations: No Middle Way Between Free Trade Agreement and Internal Market

Piet Eeckhout and Clément Leroy examine various models for the UK-EU trade relationship after Brexit, and argue that a so-called bespoke agreement beyond existing frameworks is not available. This blog draws on Piet Eeckhout’s report Future trade relations between the EU and the UK: options after Brexit, which he is presenting to the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee on Thursday 17 May (watch here).  The future trade relationship between the … Continue reading Post-Brexit Trade Relations: No Middle Way Between Free Trade Agreement and Internal Market