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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

Starts: Oct 17, 2016 12:00:00 AM

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

Starts: Aug 1, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Hollande's response to the Nice massacre will please only the far right

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”.
Philippe Marlière
18 July 2016 More...

Starts: Jul 18, 2016 12:00:00 AM

Britain & Europe resource area

3 December 2013

Topic: Britain and Europe

The relationship between Britain and Europe is a highly contested issue that dominates political and academic debates. As part of a year-long 'Britain and Europe' seminar series at UCL, which examines the relationship between the United Kingdom and both the EU and the Council of Europe, we are collating up to date information on a range of important policy issues.

We will be adding bibliographical and online resources to this page throughout the academic year 2013-14. The directory already includes pages on the EU Act 2011 and its provisions for an in-out EU referendum; the debates on Human Rights between the European Court of Human Rights and a British Bill of Rights; and the Single Market, especially liberalisation, harmonisation, mutual recognition and the balance of competences. It will eventually cover a wide range of topics, including the EU referendum, immigration, human rights, competition policy and taxation. 

The new area also houses our first policy brief on the changes brought about by the EU Act 2011, in relation to Britain’s position in and attitude towards, the European Union. It considers the referendum provisions of the EUA; referenda and UK constitutional law; and the role of referenda in democratic deliberation.