Alexander Horne: Select Committee Powers of Enforcement – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘On 7 March 2017, the House of Commons Committee of Privileges announced a new inquiry into the exercise and enforcement of the powers of the House in relation to select committees and contempts of Parliament.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 23rd March 2017

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Theresa May warned that Brexit is ‘heading back to the courts’ after she refuses to give MPs a ‘meaningful vote’ – The Independent

Posted March 14th, 2017 in constitutional law, constitutional reform, EC law, news, parliament, treaties by tracey

‘Theresa May has been warned that Brexit is heading back to the courts after she refused to give MPs a “meaningful vote” on any final deal.’

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The Independent, 13th March 2017

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Rosie Slowe: Reflections on the ‘Three Knights Opinion’ and Article 50 TEU – UK Human Rights Blog

‘On 17 February 2017, Bindmans LLP published an Opinion solicited from several leading authorities on EU law concerning Article 50 TEU. The so-dubbed ‘Three Knights Opinion’ put forward compelling legal arguments in support of why an Act of Parliament at the end of the Article 50 negotiation process is necessary in order to ensure that Brexit occurs in accordance with domestic and, by extension, EU law. These contentions, and Professor Elliot’s rebuttal, warrant careful consideration.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 9th March 2017

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Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney: The ‘Great Repeal Bill’ and Delegated Powers – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘A good deal of the legal and constitutional interest generated by Brexit has so far, perhaps unsurprisingly, focussed upon the very beginning of the withdrawal process. Initially, all eyes were on the courts, with the Supreme Court holding in R (Miller) v Secretary of State for the European Union [2017] UKSC 5 that the Article 50 mechanism can be activated only with Parliament’s legislative blessing. As a result of that landmark judgment, attention has now switched to Parliament, through which the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is presently passing.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 7th March 2017

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Speech by Mr Justice Singh: Divided by a common language – American and British perspectives on constitutional law – Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

‘Divided by a common language: American and British perspectives on constitutional law.’

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Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, 27th February 2017

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Miller and the modern British Constitution – Counsel

‘Miller reveals the malleability of the parliamentary sovereignty doctrine, argues Professor Mark Elliott in his examination of the many tensions which lie at the heart of the majority judgment.’

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Counsel, March 2017

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Mikolaj Barczentewicz: The Principle of Legality and the EU-withdrawal Statute – UK Constitutional Law Assocition

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in bills, constitutional law, EC law, legislative drafting, news, parliament, treaties by sally

‘Legal criticism of the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill is quickly amassing. Notably, Paul Daly suggested that general phrasing of an authorisation to notify the UK’s intention to withdraw from the EU by the executive, of the sort contained in the Bill, may not suffice to ground lawfulness of such notification (or of withdrawing from the EU). It may not suffice, because the principle of legality could be said to require more specificity in conveying Parliament’s legislative choice to authorise withdrawal with all the possible detrimental consequences to individual rights. A similar argument was also presented in the “Three Knights Opinion” of Sir David Edward KCMG PC QC, Sir Francis Jacobs KCMG PC QC, Sir Jeremy Lever KCMG QC, Helen Mountfield QC and Gerry Facenna QC.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 21st February 2017

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Miller, BrEXIT and BreUK-up – Counsel

‘The Supreme Court’s treatment of the devolution issues in Miller is troubling, argues Aidan O’Neill QC, who examines the UK’s complex multi-national constitutional history and potential impact on the devolved political constitution.’

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Counsel, March 2017

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Supreme Court Brexit ruling may affect legal action against Tony Blair and other ‘state officials’ over Iraq War – The Independent

Posted February 15th, 2017 in constitutional law, Iraq, news, prerogative powers, referendums, Supreme Court, war by sally

‘The Supreme Court Brexit ruling may affect attempts to take legal action against Tony Blair and other “state officials” over their role in the Iraq War, it has emerged.’

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The Independent, 14th February 2017

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Philip Allott: Taking Stock of the Legal Fallout from the EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017 – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Some of the accumulated noxious legal dust will now settle with the enacting of the grossly mistitled EU (Notification of Withdrawal) Act 2017. We may have witnessed our first post-legal legal event. Populist law. If many people say a legally incorrect thing many times, it may come to be treated as if it were correct. Alternative law.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 2nd February 2017

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Oliver Garner: Conditional Primacy of EU Law: The United Kingdom Supreme Court’s Own “Solange (so long as)” Doctrine? – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 31st, 2017 in constitutional law, EC law, news by sally

‘In circumstances of “normal” membership of the European Union, the UK Supreme Court’s dicta in the Miller judgment that EU law is an “independent and overriding source of domestic law” [Paragraph 65] may well have caused a constitutional storm. In the current unprecedented tempest of Brexit, however, Lord Neuberger’s announcement of this statement passed as little more than a side-wind. This short post will briefly turn the magnifying glass on this judicial formulation, which will be labelled the “conditional primacy” of EU law within the United Kingdom’s domestic constitutional order.

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UK Constitutional Law Association, January 2017

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Patrick O’Brien: All for Want of a Metaphor: Miller and the Nature of EU Law – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 30th, 2017 in constitutional law, EC law, international law, Supreme Court, Uncategorized by sally

‘The judgments in Miller highlight the fact that the common law has never managed to arrive at a satisfactory intellectual framework for European law. I will focus first on Lord Reed’s dissent. On Lord Reed’s account, the situation is simpler than anyone who had observed UK and EU law for the past 45 years could have imagined. The UK takes a dualist approach to international law, and EU law is international law. Once this characterisation is accepted the case is over.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th January 2017

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Pavlos Eleftheriadis: The Systematic Constitution – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 30th, 2017 in constitutional law, EC law, news, repeals, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘The Supreme Court judgment in Gina Miller is not merely an affirmation of what the High Court said. The eight member majority confirmed the earlier decision, but also took the opportunity to restate a fundamental principle, which had been left implicit by the court below. The High Court said that the substantive rights arising out of EU law and the European Communities Act 1972, in employment, environment, consumer protection, competition or free movement, could not be abolished merely by the exercise of the royal prerogative. This was a standard interpretation of existing law, adapted for the context of Article 50. The Supreme Court accepted that this was correct, but added one additional reason.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 30th January 2017

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The supreme court Brexit judgment isn’t a victory for me, but for our constitution – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2017 in appeals, constitutional law, EC law, judgments, news, parliament, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘An overriding principle of British law is that parliament is sovereign – and we should be grateful to the judges, in the face of huge pressure, for upholding it.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2017

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Simon Renton: Historical Perspectives and the Miller Case – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted January 20th, 2017 in constitutional law, EC law, news, parliament, prerogative powers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Unlike many legal subjects, constitutional law involves an awareness of history. Conversely, a student of British Constitutional History benefits from an understanding of legal concepts. (Though, as a history undergraduate who in 1969 was taught the subject by Jenifer Hart, the wife of HLA Hart, any mention of the “rule of recognition” would have been lost on me.) As we await the decision of the Supreme Court, it is germane to consider the story of the UK’s accession to the EEC and other Communities in 1971-1973. The debates in the House of Commons in 1971-72 provide one with a good understanding of the legal and constitutional issue which were at play; as well, of course of the international, political and economic issues which engaged the attention of Ministers and backbenchers.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 19th January 2017

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Lord Sumption and the Limits of the Law: Is the Human Rights Project Undemocratic and Elitist? – Family Law Week

Posted January 5th, 2017 in constitutional law, human rights, judges, judiciary, news, treaties by tracey

‘David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the arguments in a debate of vital importance to family lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 4th January 2017

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David Howarth: On Parliamentary Silence – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted December 13th, 2016 in constitutional law, EC law, news, parliament, referendums, royal prerogative, treaties by sally

‘One of the most striking aspects of the arguments of counsel in Miller, as Rachel Jones has pointed out, was how much the disagreement between the parties focussed on the meaning of silence. The government’s case boiled down to an assertion that silence on the issue of whether legislation was needed to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty of European Union in a succession of statutes – the European Communities Act 1972, the Referendum Act 1975, the European Union (Amendment) Act 2008, the European Union Act 2011 and the European Union Referendum Act 2015 – should be interpreted as parliament intending that the government was permitted to use the prerogative to invoke Article 50. For example, counsel for the government repeatedly argued that because some of these statutes, especially the 2008 and 2011 Acts, put restrictions on the exercise of the government’s foreign affairs prerogative power, it must follow that those statutes mean that other aspects of the prerogative must have been intended to have been left unfettered. Expressio unius exclusio alterius. On the other side, the applicants argued that parliament’s silence, especially in the 1972 Act, meant that it intended a specific pre-existing rule to apply, namely the rule that ministers could not use the prerogative, and in particular the foreign affairs prerogative, to change the law. They also argued that parliament’s subsequent silence in the other statutes confirmed that original choice.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 13th December 2016

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Rachel Jones: The Importance of Silences in the “Brexit” Appeals – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Statutory silences are crucial to both sides. For Ms Miller, Lord Pannick contends that Parliament’s silence in the EU Referendum Act 2015 means that the Executive is not empowered to start the Article 50 process. Mr Eadie for the Government relies on the same silence for the diametrically opposed position.’

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UL Constitutional Law Association, 7th December 2016

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Theresa May faces new Brexit legal challenge – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 12th, 2016 in constitutional law, EC law, judicial review, news, Supreme Court, treaties, veto by sally

‘Theresa May faces a new challenge to her bid to start the process to take Britain out of the European Union after it emerged that opponents plan to launch a fresh legal action on Monday.’

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Daily Telegraph, 11th December 2016

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Supreme court Brexit hearing: 10 things we learned – The Guardian

‘From the royal prerogative and Henry VIII clause to what makes lawyers laugh – and how to interpret a judge’s choice of tie.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2016

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