Article 50 Extension and the European Elections

The Prime Minister reported to the House of Commons last week that any further extension of the Article 50 notification period “would certainly mean participation in the European parliamentary elections”.  I think she is wrong as a matter of law, and with five distinguished EU law experts (on whom, see further here), have written an [...]

By |2019-11-15T10:36:46+00:00March 28th, 2019|Blog, Brexit, Law|0 Comments

Can the Backstop be Beaten? (Part 2)

Here is a further Opinion on the legal effects of the Prime Minister's Brexit deal.  A sequel to the one published on Tuesday, it addresses the novel suggestion - attributed this week to the Attorney General - that the UK could pull out of the Northern Ireland Backstop either unilaterally, via Article 62 of the Vienna [...]

By |2019-11-15T10:37:47+00:00March 16th, 2019|Blog, Brexit, Law|0 Comments

Can the Backstop be Beaten? (Part 1)

I was asked to advise the People's Vote Campaign, with Jason Coppel QC and Sean Aughey of 11 King's Bench Walk, on the legal effect of the package of measures announced by the Government and the EU on the late evening of Monday 11 March. In our Opinion, produced overnight, we concluded: It is crystal [...]

By |2019-11-15T10:38:20+00:00March 12th, 2019|Blog, Brexit, Law|Comments Off on Can the Backstop be Beaten? (Part 1)

A Spanish Fisherman – in his own words

Generations of law students have grown up on Factortame - the Spanish Fishermen's case that for more than 25 years defined the UK's constitutional relationship with Europe. My own memoir of the case (in which I represented the Fishermen for 12 years) is to be published shortly in The European Advocate. Having helped me with that piece, [...]

By |2019-03-13T12:14:28+00:00May 23rd, 2018|Blog, Brexit, Law|Comments Off on A Spanish Fisherman – in his own words

David Vaughan QC 1938-2018

The life of David Vaughan QC, a colleague in Chambers whom (though we were not related) I considered to be my father in the law, was celebrated yesterday evening at a Memorial Service in Temple Church, the central point of the community of barristers living and working in London. I was asked to give a tribute [...]

By |2019-03-13T12:14:49+00:00May 1st, 2018|Blog, Brexit, Law|Comments Off on David Vaughan QC 1938-2018

Brexit: the security dimension

My article about Brexit and Security ("Terrorism: the EU picture") has just been published in Counsel Magazine.  In summary: The leadership role in the EU exercised by the UK in matters relating to security (in particular counter-terrorism) will inevitably be lost after Brexit. There are reasons to hope that broadly satisfactory arrangements can be made for [...]

By |2018-07-11T09:05:03+00:00April 25th, 2017|Blog, Brexit, KEEPING, Law, Security|Comments Off on Brexit: the security dimension

Brexit and the Border

I spoke in December 2016 in Belfast to the Irish Centre for European Law and to the Northern Irish Judges on the subject of "Brexit and the Border".   The NI/RoI border is twice the length of the Anglo-Welsh border, and three times the length of the Anglo-Scottish border.  My talk sought to identify some of [...]

By |2017-06-10T08:24:56+00:00April 11th, 2017|Blog, Brexit, Security|Comments Off on Brexit and the Border

Was Britain ever part of Europe?

This Working Paper, presented in Florence as a Distinguished Lecture at the European University Institute's summer course on EU law in July 2015, explored Britain's ambivalent relationship to Europe and gave five reasons why a vote to leave the EU - a distant possibility as the polls then stood - was a likely (though regrettable) outcome of the promised [...]

By |2019-03-11T11:24:12+00:00April 11th, 2017|Blog, Brexit|0 Comments