Brexit is an unprecedented political, economic and legal phenomenon. The Monckton Brexit Blog gives you expert legal insight and analysis from barristers at Monckton Chambers.
Welcome to the Monckton Brexit Blog
On 23 June 2016, the UK’s voters were asked to give a one word answer to a simple question: “Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?”. 52% chose “leave”. However, what comes next is far from simple.
Read the welcome message from Philip Woolfe.
- Publication of leading EU lawyers’ Opinion on Article 50 TEU17 Feb 2017 | by Monckton ChambersGerry Facenna QC and former Head of Monckton Chambers Sir Jeremy Lever KCMG QC are two of the five authors of a legal opinion published today by “the People’s Challenge”, a group who took part as an interested party in the recent Supreme Court case initiated by Gina Miller. The Opinion, whose authors also include […]
- “The WTO-option”: Two questions of process09 Feb 2017 | by Thomas SebastianThomas Sebastian spoke yesterday at an event organised by UK Legal Future at the House of Commons. His remarks dealt with the so-called “WTO Option”. Thomas addressed two questions of process: (1) Whether the UK will be able to rely on WTO rules post-Brexit even if other WTO Members object to its proposals for revised […]
- Brexit from an EU perspective – the Magical Mystery Tour09 Feb 2017 | by Christopher Muttukumaru CB25 January and 8 February 2017 Christopher Muttukumaru CB writes that, thus far, the Brexit debate has focused purely on the UK wish list. What are some of the significant legal issues which the Commission and the other 27 Member States may need to consider in order to protect the EU’s interests? This post is […]
- Supreme Court rules that Government cannot invoke Article 50 under the Royal Prerogative24 Jan 2017 | by Jack WilliamsThe Supreme Court has this morning given judgment in the case of R(Miller) v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU  UKSC 5. In summary, the Court has (by majority of 8 to 3) dismissed the Government’s appeal against the Divisional Court’s judgment , and has ruled that the Government has no power under […]
- Single market challenge: Adrian Yalland and Peter Wilding v SSEU (Article 127 EEA)23 Jan 2017 | by Monckton ChambersMonckton Chambers’ members are advising on a challenge to the Government’s plan for the United Kingdom to leave the single market. The claim was commenced by two members of the think-tank British Influence on 29 December 2016. The claim challenges the Government’s statement that the United Kingdom automatically leaves the European Economic Area following its […]
- The UK merger regime has emerged unscathed from the Government’s review of industrial strategy23 Jan 2017 | by Julian GregoryThe Prime Minister today unveiled a new, more interventionist industrial strategy – intended to boost the UK economy after Brexit. Last year it appeared that part of that strategy would involve extending the Government’s powers to block mergers on non-competition grounds, but that aspect of the plan appears to have been scaled back. In July, […]
- The magical mystery tour: the Brexit negotiations from an EU perspective19 Jan 2017 | by Christopher Muttukumaru CBOn 17 January, Christopher Muttukumaru CB spoke to a large group of lawyers and administrators in the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment about the imminent Brexit negotiations. The group included officials from other Government departments, including Foreign Affairs. He covered the UK Prime Minister’s speeches on Brexit. He explored legal aspects of the principal issues […]
- AG’s Opinion concerning EU Singapore agreement gives pointer on process for a post-Brexit trade deal21 Dec 2016 | by Michael Bowsher QCAdvocate General Sharpston has today delivered a substantial Opinion in proceedings under Article 218(11) TFEU concerning the EU Singapore Free Trade Agreement, concerning the allocation of competences of the EU and Member States in entering into trade agreements it has obvious significance for the UK’s forthcoming discussions. The short summary is that the Advocate General […]
- Article 50 Supreme Court Hearing – Day Four09 Dec 2016 | by Jack WilliamsThe full transcript of yesterday’s (the fourth and final day’s) proceedings in the Supreme Court in the Article 50 case can be found here. The Justices will now take time to further review the written and oral submissions, and deliver their judgment(s) in the New Year. The Court has stated that it aims to give […]
- Article 50 Supreme Court Hearing – Day Three07 Dec 2016 | by Monckton ChambersThe full transcript of today’s proceedings in the Supreme Court in the Article 50 case can be found here. Four members of Monckton are instructed for different parties in the case: Gerry Facenna QC, David Gregory, and Jack Williams are instructed by Bindmans LLP on behalf of the Pigney Respondents/Interested Parties (known as “The People’s […]