Brexit Archive

  • Who’s the judge?

    Speaking at Heathrow airport today, prime minister Theresa May said:  “I think we all have to remember, and what MPs and peers have to remember, is that we had a vote on 23 June.  The British people, the majority of the British people, voted to […]

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  • A democratic scandal

    There’s been a lot of reporting lately on what deal the government might have offered Nissan. The Japanese car manufacturer (part-owned by Renault) has a major manufacturing plant at Sunderland which exports a large proportion of its output to the EU27. What happens to that […]

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  • Punished by the EU

    I borrowed a dog yesterday. There’s a website where people who don’t own dogs but want to walk them can make contact with dog owners who want to put their feet up for a bit. A few minutes on the site and the exchange of […]

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  • What if the government wanted to stay in the EU?

    The referendum on 23 June was only advisory. A majority of those who voted may have voted to Leave, but that result was not binding. Had the vote in the electoral reform referendum been in favour of AV, by contrast, the legislation that created the […]

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  • Parliament still matters

    In parallel with the court case on whether parliament is required to authorise the departure of the UK from the European Union (read about it here and here), there has been an equivalent case in Northern Ireland. The High Court in Belfast has been asked […]

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  • A circular argument

    The high court bench has retired now to consider its judgment in the case of whether parliament has a say in triggering article 50. If not, the government can take the UK out of the European Union without a parliamentary vote. Andrew Blick makes the […]

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  • Who needs a trade deal?

    Debate rages, in the House of Commons and elsewhere, about what remains after Britain leaves the EU. (OK, debate doesn’t particularly rage in the House of Commons, but it needs to, even if the government would rather it didn’t.) In particular, there is the question […]

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  • The biggest lie

    At an event to analyse the implications of the Brexit vote and try to predict what comes next. One question from the audience – what was the biggest lie told during the referendum campaign? There was general consensus among the panel that £350 million for […]

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  • Can MPs vote against article 50?

    Being played out in court at the moment is a case regarding the powers of parliament. Does the government have the constitutional right to trigger British departure from the EU on the strength of an explicitly non-binding referendum without parliamentary assent? For the record, the […]

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  • See you in court

    I am having difficulty explaining to people from other countries what’s going on in the High Court at the moment.  There is a case brought by Gina Miller, a fund manager, arguing that the government cannot invoke Article 50 of the TEU (the procedure for […]

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