Brexit: What’s next?

word art (1)After the historic defeat on the meaningful vote, the political crisis has reached a new peak in the UK. We have asked 10 of our experts to share their views on the current state of Brexit and their best predictions on what could happen next: Dr Uta Staiger (UCL European Institute), Prof. Ronan McCrea  (UCL Laws), Dr Tim Beasley-Murray (UCL SSEES), Dr Kirsty Hughes (UCL European Institute Advisory Board), Prof. Albert Bressand (UCL Institute for Sustainable Resources), Prof. Philippe Marlière (UCL SELCS), Dr Thomas Gift (UCL Political Science), Dame Nicola Brewer (UCL Vice-Provost International), Dr. Nick Wright (UCL Political Science) and Dr. Francois Guesnet (UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies).

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Hungary and Poland pose worse threat to EU than Brexit

Ronan McCrea argues that the crisis of trust between EU member states, and more notably between Hungary and Poland and the rest of the EU, is the biggest threat faced by the EU today.  This turmoil questions the core principle of mutual recognition among member states that is vital to the EU functioning.  The Hungarian government forcibly retired judges and gave political figures greater control … Continue reading Hungary and Poland pose worse threat to EU than Brexit

The EU cannot give May the deal she wants without risking its own existence

Ronan McCrea argues that the UK Prime Minister does not understand the constraints on negotiations from the EU’s strength and weakness. The White Paper would threaten the fragile balance of the EU politics, making a no-deal scenario a less painful solution in the eyes of the EU leaders.  When the UK voted to leave the EU in June 2016, even pessimists would not have predicted that … Continue reading The EU cannot give May the deal she wants without risking its own existence

Decision time coming for Ireland on further European integration

The EU has been loyal and supportive of Ireland throughout the Brexit process, but nothing in politics free. Ronan McCrea argues that the time will soon come for Ireland to decide where it stands on future European intregration, and to forge new alliances to protect and advance its interests, especially with regards to taxation and the eurozone. The utter mess of the Brexit process has … Continue reading Decision time coming for Ireland on further European integration

Brexit EU Citizenship Rights of UK Nationals and the Court of Justice

What will happen to the EU citizenship rights of UK nationals after Brexit? A Dutch Court has caused quite a stir by making a reference to the European Court of Justice on the issue. Ronan McCrea explains why the Court of Justice should not, and probably won’t, accept it.  Quite a stir has been generated by the decision of a Dutch court to make a reference … Continue reading Brexit EU Citizenship Rights of UK Nationals and the Court of Justice