A Valediction, Forbidding Mourning

Ian Forrester, a Scottish QC who long practised law in Brussels, served as a Judge of the General Court of the European Union from 2015 to 2020. He delivered this farewell speech in the Court on 6 February.  Both moving and informative, it contains Ian's reflections on Britain (and Scotland) in and out of Europe, [...]

By |2020-03-30T15:59:37+00:00February 14th, 2020|Blog, Brexit, Featured, Law|Comments Off on A Valediction, Forbidding Mourning

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 |2020-03-30T16:00:12+00:00March 16th, 2019|Blog, Brexit, Law|Comments Off on Can the Backstop be Beaten? (Part 2)

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)

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
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