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Francis Young: Parliament and Taking Back Control: A Precedent from the Maastricht Debates

This post considers whether it is a convention of the British constitution that Parliament cannot direct the executive in the making of treaties. The context, of course, is the current … Continue reading

June 15, 2018 · 4 Comments

Francis Young: “Packing” the Lords: Some Legal Reflections

The recent string of Government defeats in the House of Lords over amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has reignited the debate over the role of the Lords in … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · 18 Comments

Robert Craig: Why an Act of Parliament Would Be Required to Revoke Notification under Article 50

The possibility of the UK revoking its Article 50 notice is hitting the headlines. The Prime Minister was asked last Monday in Parliament if she had received legal advice that … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · 12 Comments

Robert Craig: Zombie Prerogatives Should Remain Decently Buried: Replacing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Part 1)

Editors’ note: This is the first part of a two-part contribution. The second part will be posted tomorrow. Part 1: Would the prerogative be revived? I In the light of … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 8 Comments

Alex Peplow: Withdrawal from the ECHR after Miller – A Matter of Prerogative?

Does the decision of the Supreme Court in the case of R (on the application of Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union [2017] UKSC 5 affect … Continue reading

February 28, 2017 · 4 Comments

Asanga Welikala: The Need for a ‘Cartesian Cleaning of the Augean Stables’? Miller and the Territorial Constitution

It is clear that the UKSC’s observations on the meaning and effect of ss. 1 and 2 of the Scotland Act 2016 in Miller have deep consequences for both the … Continue reading

February 7, 2017 · 1 Comment

Philip Allott: The Short Title of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill Is Incorrect

The Short Title of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is incorrect. The notification is not of withdrawal from the EU. As the Long Title and Clause 1(1) of … Continue reading

January 30, 2017 · 31 Comments