Negotiating Brexit: with whom?

, 30 June 2016

There are four phases of negotiation, some of which may end up happening concurrently: Agreeing the terms of the negotiation – when it starts, what is on the table and who is involved; Agreeing the terms of the divorce, including budget matters and the respective rights of nationals living in the UK and EU,...

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The UK’s influence in the EU in the run up to Brexit

, 30 June 2016

What we know Until the UK agrees a treaty to leave the EU (or invokes Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and fails to reach agreement within the two-year time limit) it will continue to be a member of the EU. In the interim, the UK will: retain access to the Single Market continue...

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Brexit Brief: A second election

, 29 June 2016

Why would we have a second election? The next election is not due until May 2020, but a new Conservative PM may come under public pressure to call a general election to provide a further mandate for Britain’s exit from the EU. Opposition parties may agree. However, it’s worth pointing out that elections –...

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Why now is not the time for a headless government

, 28 June 2016

Cameron may be a prime minister waiting to resign, but he was elected to office with a majority in the House of Commons, which, technically, he still has. However, with a large amount of government business already held up by the EU referendum and the likelihood that controversial decisions will be deferred further, the...

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What Brexit means for English devolution

, 28 June 2016

Firstly, what will happen to devolution deals now that the UK has voted to leave the EU? The current devolution deals process in England had clear political leadership from the Chancellor George Osborne, backed by a strong team of ministers – Greg Clark as Secretary of State for the Department for Communities and Local...

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Brexit Brief: Article 50

, 27 June 2016

What is Article 50? Article 50 is the only legal mechanism for a member state of the EU to leave. A short paragraph in the Lisbon Treaty agreed by all EU member states in 2009, it sets out the steps a country needs to go through to withdraw from its treaty obligations. Who can...

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