ICO assessing political use of public’s private data – BBC News

Posted March 6th, 2017 in data protection, EC law, elections, news, referendums by sally

‘The information watchdog is scrutinising the use of the public’s private data for political purposes following concerns over an analytics firm linked to the Leave.EU campaign.’

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BBC News, 5th March 2017

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EU referendum campaign spending probed – BBC News

Posted February 24th, 2017 in budgets, disclosure, news, political parties, referendums by sally

‘The spending returns of the Stronger In and Vote Leave campaigns in last year’s EU referendum are under investigation, the Electoral Commission has announced.’

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BBC News, 24th February 2017

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Davor Jancic: A Very Parliamentary Brexit: Satire in Two Acts – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 24th, 2017 in brexit, devolution, EC law, news, parliament, referendums, veto by sally

‘Brexit is a very parliamentary affair. The reason is that both the UK Parliament, the European Parliament and, in all likelihood, each of the parliaments of the EU Member States will have veto powers over the terms of Brexit. This gives them ample opportunities to influence the course of negotiations. Unless the wishes of all of these parliamentary bodies are accommodated, it will be a rather ‘hard’ Brexit indeed. This commentary examines the role of parliaments in the UK’s yet-to-be-triggered exit from the EU.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 23rd February 2017

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The government’s Brexit white paper: a missed opportunity – The Constitution Unit

‘On 2 February the government published its white paper on Brexit, which was intended to provide further detail regarding the overall aims the government would be pursuing once Article 50 has been triggered. Nick Wright assesses this document, concluding that whilst it does expand on some of Theresa May’s key pledges set out in the Lancaster House speech in several areas it remains unclear exactly what the government is seeking. One example of this is the idea of a UK-EU strategic partnership, which is proposed in the white paper but not expanded on. Overall, it is hard not to see the white paper as a missed opportunity.’

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The Constitution Unit, 20th February 2017

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Triggering Article 50 TEU: A Positive Result for the Government? By Prof Erika Szyszczak – Littleton Chambers

Posted February 20th, 2017 in EC law, news, referendums, Supreme Court, treaties by sally

‘It is a monumental decision for a Member State to leave the European Union, not least when it will have a major impact on the economic, political and social future, not only of the exiting Member State, but also of the global trading regime. It is thus befitting that on 24 January 2017 the Supreme Court came of age by delivering one of its most important rulings, on the nature and future shape of the UK constitution. What started as a case concerning acquired rights became a wider ranging analysis of the role of the executive vis-a-vis Parliament. As befits a monumental constitutional decision, taking place in the digital age, the responses to the ruling have been prolific and focused upon the constitutional dimension to the litigation.’

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Littleton Chambers, 27th January 2017

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Brexit & currency flip-flops in court – New Law Journal

Posted February 17th, 2017 in brexit, costs, EC law, news, referendums by sally

‘Francis Kendall considers the impact of the falling pound on costs awards to European litigants.’

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New Law Journal, 16th February 2017

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Graham John Wheeler: Referendums That Time Forgot – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 17th, 2017 in bills, constitutional history, legal history, news, referendums by sally

‘It is well known that the first national referendum in the UK was the 1975 poll on EEC membership. It is also quite well known that A.V. Dicey called for the introduction of the referendum into British politics from the 1880s onwards as a means of defeating Irish home rule. This episode was the subject of an exchange between Dominic Chambers QC and Lord Sumption in the Article 50 case.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 17th February 2017

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Post-Brexit on the pistes: winter sports and EU law – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Accident victims may struggle to get recompense if access to joined-up European laws is lost when the UK leaves the EU.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 14th February 2017

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“Our legal services will stay on top”, minister declares in face of growing threat of competition post-Brexit – Legal Futures

Posted February 15th, 2017 in brexit, competition, EC law, legal services, news, referendums by sally

‘Justice minister Sir Oliver Heald has struck a bullish tone of defiance in response to concerns that Germany and the Netherlands are creating English-language commercial courts to compete with the UK for disputes post Brexit.’

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Legal Futures, 13th February 2017

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Tobias Lock and Tom Gerald Daly: Brexit and the British Bill of Rights: Capturing Constitutional Complexity – UK Constitutional Law Association

Posted February 15th, 2017 in brexit, EC law, human rights, news, referendums by sally

‘Euroscepticism – usually framed as an argument from national sovereignty – was an important driving force behind Brexit, but also serves as a key motivator behind efforts to reform domestic human rights law. Calls to ‘scrap the Human Rights Act’ (HRA) and to replace it with a British Bill of Rights (BBR) are usually accompanied by calls to curtail the power of the European Court of Human Rights and to make British judges the ultimate arbiter in human rights matters (again). The connections between Brexit and human rights reform are not confined to these common ideological roots, however. Brexit has profound consequences for human rights reform in both substantive and procedural terms. These are the findings of a new research paper edited by the authors of this blog post and based on the proceedings of a workshop held at Edinburgh Law School in the autumn of last year.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 13th February 2017

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Brexit and implications for UK Merger Control – Part 2/3: Implications for the CMA’s workload and what not to do – Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers

Posted February 15th, 2017 in brexit, competition, EC law, mergers, news, referendums by sally

‘The Competition Bulletin is pleased to welcome the second in a three-part series of blogs on Brexit and merger control by Ben Forbes and Mat Hughes of AlixPartners. Ben and Mat are (with others) co-authors of the new Sweet & Maxwell book, “UK Merger Control: Law and Practice”.’

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Competition Bulletin from Blackstone Chambers, 10th February 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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‘Record hate crimes’ after EU referendum – BBC News

Posted February 15th, 2017 in EC law, hate crime, news, referendums, statistics by sally

‘A majority of police forces in England and Wales saw record levels of hate crimes in the first full three months following the EU referendum, according to new analysis.’

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BBC News, 15th February 2017

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The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union White Paper – Official Publications

Posted February 8th, 2017 in EC law, international relations, parliamentary papers, referendums, treaties by tracey

‘This White Paper provides Parliament and the country with a clear vision of what we are seeking to achieve in negotiating our exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union.’

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Official Publications, 2nd February 2017

Source: www.gov.uk/government/publications

Man jailed for racial abuse on Manchester tram – The Guardian

‘Robert Molloy, 20, was sentenced to 24 weeks in prison over the racist attack filmed by a fellow tram passenger in Manchester.’

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The Guardian, 7th February 2017

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UK must remain under EU law during Brexit transition, diplomats say – The Guardian

Posted February 6th, 2017 in brexit, courts, diplomats, EC law, markets, news, referendums by sally

‘EU diplomats have warned the Foreign Office that the UK will not be able to leave the jurisdiction of the European court of justice (ECJ) if there is to be a transition period while details of Brexit are negotiated.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2017

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Fresh Brexit legal challenge blocked by high court – The Guardian

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in brexit, EC law, judicial review, markets, news, parliament, referendums, treaties by sally

‘Two senior judges have blocked a legal challenge to the government’s strategy for leaving the single market and the European Economic Area.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2017

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Brexit white paper spells out need for new immigration laws – The Guardian

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in brexit, EC law, immigration, news, parliamentary papers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘David Davis failed to placate Conservative rebels concerned about the status of European Union migrants and other Brexit details, despite publishing a 77-page white paper setting out the government’s plans for leaving the EU.’

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The Guardian, 2nd February 2017

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Brexit and muddled thinking – OUP Blog

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in brexit, EC law, markets, news, parliament, prerogative powers, referendums, treaties by sally

‘When Sir Ivan Rogers stepped down in January as the UK’s top official in Brussels, he urged his colleagues to “continue to challenge ill-founded arguments and muddled thinking” and not to be afraid “to speak the truth to those in power.” The implication was clear. The government’s Brexit preparations displayed all these failings but the politicians responsible did not like having this pointed out.’

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OUP Blog, 3rd February 2017

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Campaigners launch fresh Brexit legal challenge over single market – The Guardian

Posted February 3rd, 2017 in brexit, EC law, markets, news, parliament, referendums, treaties by sally

‘The government’s Brexit strategy faces a fresh legal challenge in the high court on Friday when campaigners argue that parliament must separately legislate to remove the UK from the European Economic Area (EEA) and the single market.’

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The Guardian, 3rd February 2017

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