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'Highly problematic, to put it mildly'

Deciphering the Conservative Party’s proposals for a new ‘British Bill of Rights’ is not an easy task, as the eight-page policy document is riddled with errors, distortions and imprecise language. What is more, their two main policy aims are highly problematic, argues
Colm O'Cinneide
9 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 9, 2014 12:00:00 AM

UK & EU: New Faces, Old Problems?

The row between Britain and its allies that accompanied the nomination of Jean-Claude Juncker as the new Commission President was seen by some as an effective short-term tactic from David Cameron. But the ‘Juncker bounce’ was short-lived and left Cameron in a long-term strategic pickle.
Paola Buonadonna
6 October 2014
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 12:00:00 AM

Five lessons of the Juncker Affair

It is now three months since Jean-Claude Juncker was elected President of the Commission, against the express wishes of the British and Hungarian governments.  What lessons can we draw from this episode about British attitudes to the European Union?
6 October 2014
Prof Michael Shackleton
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Starts: Oct 6, 2014 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 11:19:46 AM

Start: Oct 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM
End: Oct 8, 2013 12:00:00 AM

Britain & Europe Series. 8 October 2013

When
8 October 2013, 6-7.30pm

Where:
UCL Faculty of Laws Moot Court
Bentham House
Endsleigh Gardens
WC1H 0EG London

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Free of charge but registration required - see below

Britain & Europe Series

Eventbrite - Britain & Europe Seminar Series: 'Your power to veto EU changes'? Implications of the referendum provisions in the European Union Act 2011


Speakers:

  • 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.

The series is convened by Prof Piet Eeckhout and Dr Virginia Mantouvalou (UCL Laws).

This series is in association with UCL Laws and the UCL Institute for Human Rights.

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