In an extraordinary judgment delivered by Lady Hale, 11 justices of the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom ruled unanimously on September 24 that the suspension – or “prorogation” – of Parliament last month was “unlawful, null and of no effect” . The decision prompts at least two important questions: Does it show the politicization of the UK Supreme Court, and does it mark a turning point in Brexit?
A Brief History. The UK Supreme Court is a relatively new creation, established in 2009 to replace the judicial function of the House of Lords as the nation’s highest appellate court. … Read more
March 29 was meant to be Brexit Day, marking the UK’s departure from the EU. Instead, it was yet another day of Brexit high drama as Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit deal was voted down for a third time, leaving the possibility of (i) the UK leaving the EU on April 12 in a “no deal” scenario or (ii) the EU granting a long Brexit delay (with conditions attached).
Third Time Unlucky. In a turn of events that treaded that delicate line between tragedy and comedy:
- DUP: The DUP (Northern Ireland’s Democratic Unionist Party) voted against the proposed Brexit
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More Brexit chaos unfolded last week as the UK Parliament voted (1) for a second time to reject Theresa May’s Brexit deal, (2) to reject a no-deal Brexit and (3) in favor of Brexit delay. Yet these actions seem to have accomplished very little: A third vote on May’s Brexit deal is looming – perhaps as early as Tuesday –a no-deal Brexit is technically still on the table, and whether Brexit gets delayed is now up to the EU. With each attempt to clarify the UK’s Brexit strategy, the same options (deal, no-deal, delay) keep bouncing back to Parliament, as … Read more
The countdown to Brexit on March 29 brings new twists and turns every day. On Wednesday, the UK’s House of Commons voted on amendments to the Brexit process, establishing a March timetable for decisions on whether to seek a deal, no deal, or delay, while dangling the possibility of a second referendum. In light of these developments, and with apologies to U.S. college basketball’s championship tournament, here is a brief guide to the “Final Four” Brexit options.
A Brexit Deal: The only Brexit deal on the table is a UK-EU negotiated Withdrawal Agreement and Political Declaration, which proposes an orderly … Read more