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.
- Article 50 Supreme Court Hearing – Day Two07 Dec 2016 | by Monckton ChambersThe full transcript of yesterday’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 […]
- Article 50 Supreme Court Hearing – Day One06 Dec 2016 | by Philip WoolfeYesterday the Government opened its appeal to the Supreme Court in the Article 50 case. The full transcript of the day’s proceedings can be found here.
- Article 50 case materials02 Dec 2016 | by Jack WilliamsThe UK Government’s appeal against the Divisional Court’s ruling in the Article 50 litigation is due to be heard in the Supreme Court starting on Monday 5th December. The case was “leapfrogged” directly to the Supreme Court on account of its constitutional importance. All 11 Supreme Court justices are sitting. In anticipation of the widespread […]
- Competition law after Brexit: Monckton’s response to the Brexit Issues Paper02 Dec 2016 | by Julian GregoryMonckton Chambers has submitted its response to the Brexit Competition Law Working Group (BCLWG) Issues paper.* Our response makes a number of specific suggestions as to how the Government could best respond to a hard Brexit, but also highlights some more general points which bear emphasis given the current political climate. Brexiteers often argue that […]
- Brexit, European Economic Area (EEA) membership, and Article 127 EEA02 Dec 2016 | by Professor Panos KoutrakosIntroduction Does Brexit entail an obligation for the United Kingdom to notify the European Economic Area (EEA) of its intention to withdraw? This question has arisen recently in the context of the different ways in which the UK could maintain its links with the single market. This blog entry will address this question in the […]
- Christopher Muttukumaru CB writes that developing UK legislation to implement the Brexit consensus will be like solving a Rubik’s Cube30 Nov 2016 | by Christopher Muttukumaru CBThis post seeks to cover key aspects of the legislation that will be necessary to give effect to the consensus reached in the Brexit negotiations. Is the civil service ready for the challenge of implementing Brexit? 1. There has been a great deal of media comment about whether the UK civil service has the capacity to […]
- Environment after Brexit: Further Thoughts28 Nov 2016 | by Peter OliverIn last week’s post here, we saw how a very high proportion of environmental legislation in the UK is derived from EU law, and how despite the “Great Repeal Bill” the nature of that legislation will change with Brexit. In this blog, we will consider some of the constraints which international law would impose on […]
- The EEA: Another Side to Europe25 Nov 2016 | by George Peretz QCMembership of the European Economic Area, along with Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, is often discussed as an option – or at least as the template for an option – for the UK after Brexit. In an interesting recent paper, Michael-James Clifton, chef de cabinet to the President of the EFTA Court (writing in a personal […]
- Environment after Brexit: Some Thoughts24 Nov 2016 | by Peter OliverEnvironmentalists might have good reason to believe that the Government sends mixed signals about its commitment to environmental protection. For instance, last month, it announced its plan to build a third runway at Heathrow, even though that is thought likely to lend to levels of pollution in the vicinity of the airport exceeding the ceilings […]
- Monckton’s WTO experts provide insight into the UK’s trade landscape post a “Hard Brexit”17 Nov 2016 | by Monckton ChambersLeading trade barristers, David Unterhalter SC and Tom Sebastian recently facilitated a round table discussion to an audience of Chambers clientele focussing on the UK’s trade relationships after a ‘Hard Brexit’. Four core issues were discussed: (1) what are the political and legal uncertainties surrounding the UK’s WTO Membership; (2) how is WTO law enforced and […]