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Andrew Denny: Would a Bill Seeking an Article 50 Extension Require a Money Resolution Proposed by the Government?

Introduction The on-going constitutional laboratory experiment that is Brexit has now turned to the question of whether a bill proposed by a backbench MP can be passed into law against … Continue reading

January 28, 2019 · 5 Comments

Robert Craig: Could the Government Advise the Queen to Refuse Royal Assent to a Backbench Bill?

Introduction As is well known, the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement was voted down in Parliament last week by 230 votes in a ‘meaningful vote’ mandated under s 13(1) of European Withdrawal … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · 29 Comments

Weekly round-up of events

This week’s event announcement is below. ~~~ ICON-S British-Irish Chapter Annual Conference The United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union (?) Domestic and European Constitutional Implications University of Strathclyde, 24 … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Kenneth Campbell: Constitutional Dogs That Barked and Dogs That Did Not: The Scottish Continuity Bill in the Supreme Court

Introductory Somewhat overshadowed by the Wightman saga, and the unscheduled Conservative leadership demarche, the UKSC decision in the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity)(Scotland) Bill compatibility reference was … Continue reading

January 14, 2019 · 2 Comments

Philip Allott: The Problem of Direct Democracy: Brexit and the Tyranny of the Majority

The Brexit process has been a major event in British constitutional history, and in the history of constitutionalism in general.  It originated in the positions taken by two Prime Ministers.  … Continue reading

January 10, 2019 · 21 Comments

Robert Craig: Can the Government Use the Royal Prerogative to Extend Article 50?

Introduction The possibility of extending the Article 50 process is being discussed in media outlets and social media. There are a number of potential scenarios where a short extension might … Continue reading

January 9, 2019 · 7 Comments

Dennis Dixon: Wightman and the General Interpretation of Article 50

The recent CJEU decision of Wightman v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2018] 3 WLR 1965 interpreted Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union as giving … Continue reading

January 7, 2019 · 2 Comments