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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.
17 October 2016
Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM
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.
1 August 2016
Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM
On Thursday night, for the third time since January 2015, President François Hollande was faced with a mass murder on French soil. An ashen-faced Hollande, almost looking like a broken man, appeared on television on Friday at 4am and declared: “This is undoubtedly a terrorist attack; the whole of France is under the threat of an Islamic terrorist attack”.
18 July 2016 More...
Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM
'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
- 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.