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The UK decision to withdraw from the EU: parliament or government?

If the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is to continue to have real meaning in Britain, the decision to leave the EU must be taken by parliament, not the government.
Piet Eeckhout
17 October 2016

Published: Oct 17, 2016 9:51:04 AM


Can a Brexit Deal Provide a Clean Break with the Court of Justice and EU Fundamental Rights Norms?

Those concerned with protecting human rights have been vocal in their concern that the Brexit process will lead to a reduction in human rights protection in the UK. Indeed, part of the case presented to voters in favour of Brexit was that leaving the EU would allow the UK to be free of the duty to comply with the EU fundamental rights norms, including Charter of Fundamental Rights and the possibly expansionist interpretation of that Charter by the Court of Justice of the EU. As with so many elements of the impossibly multifaceted and tangled process of Brexit, the reality may be less clear cut. 
Ronan McCrea  
11 October 2016 More...

Published: Oct 13, 2016 7:07:32 PM

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain

Does Eastern Europe have lessons for Brexit Britain?

What, if anything, can the experience of (research on) Eastern Europe say to us as we head towards Brexit? Lessons may lie above all in getting to grips with the tempo and nature of political change, its (un)predictability and likely channels.
Sean Hanley
1 August 2016

Published: Aug 1, 2016 4:22:29 PM


Negotiating Religion

Negotiating Religion

We are pleased to announce the publication of 'Negotiating Religion: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives'. Edited by prominent UCL scholars Francois Guesnet, Cecile Laborde and Lois Lee, the volume is the outcome of a multi-year interdisciplinary project at UCL, hosted by the UCL European Institute. More...

Published: Sep 28, 2016 3:10:57 PM

EU Commission

Jean Monnet Award

23 September 2016
UCL European Institute awarded prestigious Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence status by the European Commission.

Published: Sep 23, 2016 5:32:30 PM

UCL in the Press

Corbyn's re-election divides Labour

27 September 2016
Oliver Patel, Research Associate at the European Institute, comments on the implications of Jeremy Corbyn's re-election as leader of the Labour party. More...

Published: Sep 27, 2016 3:22:41 PM

Bristol after Brexit

9 September 2016
Professor Anne White (UCL School of Slavonic & East European Studies) is interviewed about Polish citizens in the UK, and how their sense of a common European identity isn’t always shared among Brits. More...

Published: Sep 14, 2016 9:53:21 AM

Featured Events 


Body Politics, Abortion and LGBT Rights in Poland

27 October 2016
This evening discussion brings together academics, including philosopher and gender specialist Marzenna Jakubczak (Cracow), with activists and artists. It forms part of a wider research project on Gendering Democracy, and is hosted by Dr Urszula Chowaniec in cooperation with the qUCL network. More...

Starts: Oct 27, 2016 12:00:00 AM


Populism in Historical Perspective

11 November 2016
The last decade has seen the rise of politicians, parties and governments to whom the label ‘populist’ can usefully be applied - in Europe and elsewhere. But media responses to this global shift tend to focus on recent phenomena, be these Brexit, Alternative für Deutschland, or Donald Trump. There has been less interest in historicising these phenomena. This symposium aims to historicise these phenomena, and locate them in an analysis of twentieth and twenty first century democracy.

Starts: Nov 11, 2016 12:00:00 AM