'Your power to veto EU changes'? Implications of the referendum provisions in the European Union Act 2011
Publication date: May 16, 2013 11:19 AM
Oct 08, 2013 12:00 AM
End: Oct 08, 2013 12:00 AM
Britain & Europe Series. 8 October 2013
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- Professor Paul Craig, Professor of English Law and Fellow of St. John's College, Oxford
- Professor Robert Hazell, Professor of British Politics & Government, and Director of the Constitution Unit, UCL
- Professor Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory, University of Edinburgh,Director of the Edinburgh Centre for Constitutional Law and Constitutional Adviser to the Scottish Parliament Referendum Bill Committee
- Chaired by Dr Jeff King, Senior Lecturer in Law, UCL
The UK's European Union Act 2011 has instituted procedures designed to curtail the ability of Ministers and of the UK Parliament itself to approve certain decisions involving the extension or alteration of EU treaty rights or powers, or the taking of EU decisions under existing powers, unless such action is supported by a popular UK-wide referendum. As Foreign Secretary William Hague put it, “Now you have the power to veto EU changes”. These 'referendum lock' provisions have implications for the British constitution as well as for the UK's role in the EU. Three of Britain's leading constitutional and EU law scholars will discuss these implications in a stimulating debate, with considerable time devoted to discussion afterwards. Scholars, students, and members of the public are most welcome to the lecture and drinks afterwards.
About the Series Britain & Europe
The relationship between Britain and Europe is a highly contested issue that dominates political and academic debates. The UCL 'Britain and Europe' seminar series examines the relationship between the United Kingdom, and both the European Union and the Council of Europe. The aim of the series is to discuss important policy issues, with a special focus on their legal dimension. Topics to be addressed include the EU referendum, immigration, human rights, competition policy and taxation.
This series is in association with UCL Laws and the UCL Institute for Human Rights.