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Gordon Downie: Brexit: What to Make of Directives?

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill seems to make no clear provision for EU Directives to play a role in the UK domestic legal scene following Brexit. The UK Government ought … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Kenneth Campbell QC: Henry VIII Comes to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, and Other Devolution Questions in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

Introductory As the ‘Great Repeal Bill’ of rhetoric becomes the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill of reality, the scale of the task facing Parliament – predicted by academic and practitioner commentators … Continue reading

July 20, 2017 · 4 Comments

Paul Reid: How Fixed Is a Fixed-term Parliament?

However unexpected the Prime Minister’s call for a general election may be, and however appropriate it may, or may not, be (see Jeff King’s discussion here), it invites the Fixed-Term … Continue reading

April 20, 2017 · 1 Comment

Joe Tomlinson: UK Quo Vadis? The EEA as a Workable Framework

On 3 February 2017, the University of Sheffield School of Law—in co-operation with the UK Constitutional Law Association and the European Circuit of the Bar—hosted a seminar. The keynote speaker … Continue reading

April 6, 2017 · 3 Comments

Lea Raible and Leah Trueblood: The Swiss System of Referendums and the Impossibility of Direct Democracy

The referendums in the United Kingdom of 2011, 2014, and 2016 have sparked a debate about the merits of direct democracy. In this debate references to the system of referendums … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ewan Smith and Alison Young: “That’s how it worked in 2014, and how it would have to work again”

On the 9th of March, writing for the BBC, Laura Kuenssberg, the political editor of the BBC said “it’s up to the Westminster government to permit another [Scottish] referendum.” Six … Continue reading

March 15, 2017 · 12 Comments

Stephen Tierney: A Second Independence Referendum in Scotland: The Legal Issues

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon today announced the Scottish Government’s intention to hold a second referendum on independence between the autumn of 2018 and the spring of 2019. The move … Continue reading

March 13, 2017 · 13 Comments