Theresa May has announced her intention to hold a general election on 8 June. Oliver Ilott argues that this will have more impact on the domestic programme for Brexit than on the international negotiations.
The Government has had its knuckles rapped by the Exiting the EU Committee over its failure to assess the impact of Brexit. Jill Rutter argues that the Government should have made this assessment, even if it never plans to publish it – but there are other assessments that the committee should have asked for.
The Government will publish a Brexit white paper but Jill Rutter argues that for it to be any use, it needs to give Parliament a proper basis for agreeing to trigger Article 50. That means it needs to be informative, timely – and published before the debate.
There are calls for the Government to produce a Brexit white paper – an official statement of policy, often produced before introducing legislation. Jill Rutter argues that it would be good practice but not necessarily enlightening.
The Prime Minister confirmed there will be a parliamentary vote on the final Brexit deal. The Supreme Court may require Parliament to vote before Article 50 is triggered. But Dr Hannah White isn’t convinced that a vote will actually enable Parliament to influence what happens.
If it loses the Supreme Court appeal on Article 50, the Government says it will introduce legislation to give Parliament a vote on triggering Brexit talks. Dr Hannah White sets out what that process will involve.