Extending the Transition Period: 3 Options

Following her visit to the European Council meeting in Brussels, the Prime Minister Theresa May indicated that the UK might seek to extend the Brexit transition period ‘for a matter of months’. A recent European Policy Centre discussion paper has proposed a one-off mechanism to extend the transition period for a year. However, this week newspapers […]

Too Big to Fail – Why All the Talk about a ‘No Deal’ Brexit?

As Brexit negotiations between the UK and the EU move towards an endgame series of summits among the leaders of the EU27, little new has emerged about whether Prime Minister May’s ‘Chequers Plan’ – or a variation of it – will be acceptable to the EU. Although reports were circulating that the EU’s Chief Negotiator, […]

Now is not the time for a ‘least worst’ Brexit – it’s time for a referendum on Brexit itself

There are 340 days to go until the UK leaves the EU. The time remaining for the UK and EU to negotiate a withdrawal agreement is even less than that. Domestic legislation still needs to be passed to retain EU law in national law. Time will also be needed to give domestic legal effect to […]

A Customs Union Without a Single Market : Is Corbyn’s Position Credible?

In speeches this week, the Leader of the Opposition and the Prime Minister are setting out their visions for the UK’s future relationship with the EU. Things got underway today with Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn announcing that Labour would press for the UK to remain in the Single Market and a Customs Union with the EU […]