Europe

Brexit and UK Trade Agreements

The House of Lords EU Internal Market and External Affairs sub‑committees have produced, this week, a report on the issue of the future trading framework between the UK and the...
Europe

Scotland, Brexit and the Sewel Convention

Legislative Consent Motions, also known as “Sewel Motions”, are motions passed by the devolved legislatures (the Scottish Parliament, the Northern Ireland Assembly and the Welsh Assembly) which permit the UK...
Europe

Aspects of the ‘Brexit’ Case: The Royal Prerogative and The European Communities Act 1972

By Mark McKeown, Associate and Hannah Starritt, Solicitor The Miller case has brought to the fore two elements of the United Kingdom’s part-written constitution. One, the Royal Prerogative, is ancient...
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UK Membership of the Single Market: A New Legal Challenge

The ‘think tank’ British Influence has announced that its lawyers will be writing to David Davis, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, to indicate that it will...
Europe

Devolved Governments to have say on Brexit case

The UK Supreme Court has granted applications by the devolved governments of Scotland and Wales to intervene in the appeal over the decision of the High Court of England and...
Europe

Brexit impact on the UK's Agricultural and Rural Sectors

Following the EU Referendum in June 2016, we are left with a situation of uncertainty. Following the recent High Court ruling, even the UK Government, despite the vote, cannot confirm...
Europe

Brexit and the Devolved Governments

The Joint Ministerial Committee (JMC), which is a body comprising representatives from the UK Government, the Scottish Government, the Northern Ireland Executive and the Welsh Government, meets at regular intervals...
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Brexit High Court Ruling: Parliament to Vote on Triggering Article 50

By Mark McKeown, Associate and Hannah Starritt, Solicitor The High Court of England and Wales has handed down its judgment in the case known as R (Gina Miller and Deir...
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To Make the Point about Directives Uber Again

In my recent article published in The Scotsman, “EU Directives Offer Direction – Except When They Don’t”, I noted that it is in the nature of EU Directives to set...
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EU directives offer direction – except when they don’t: David Ogilvy in The Scotsman

The answer to the question “Is the UK better in or out of the European Union?” is a political, social and/or economic one and not strictly within the domain of...
Europe

What’s the difference between a “hard Brexit” and a “soft Brexit”?

By Mark McKeown, Associate and Hannah Starritt, Solicitor In recent weeks, we have read much about the UK Government’s plan to invoke Article 50 and the approach to its ‘Brexit’...
Europe

Brexit and Environmental Law in the UK

The UK’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) has created enormous uncertainty as to the impact on UK environmental policy. A substantial percentage of UK environmental law is derived...
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