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Do Not Fear Austerity: A Public Meeting with Yanis Varoufakis

Alessandro de Arcangelis, UCL PhD student in History, reports on a ‘public meeting’ with Yanis Varoufakis, and his advice to Jeremy Corbyn.
30 September 2015
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Starts: Oct 1, 2015 12:00:00 AM

A Syrian tragedy turning into a European tragedy

Gëzim Krasniqi, Fellow at UCL’s School of Slavonic and East European Studies, traces the shifting routes chosen by refugees from Syria—and how the EU’s lack of a coordinated policy has been turning the Syrian tragedy into a European one. It has left the Balkan states with a refugee crisis impossible to master.
23 September 2015
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Starts: Sep 23, 2015 12:00:00 AM

Fathers, Sons, and Grandfathers: Migration Across Generations

Through the stories of three generations in thirty families, Julia Brannen explores men's lives, migration, employment, fatherhood, father-son relationships and intergenerational transmission over the life course. As the worst refugee crisis since the Second World War unfolds across continents, she traces the stories of migrant generations that have gone before, of Irish grandfathers who left Ireland in the mid-20th century and Polish fathers who came to Britain in the 21st century, together with a group of white British 
9 September 2015
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Starts: Sep 9, 2015 12:00:00 AM

EU Referendum

UCL European Institute

This section provides background material and references on the implications of the UK's European Union Act 2011, and specifically its referendum 'lock' provisions.



The brief discusses 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.



I. Legislation

European Union Act 2011
See in particular the following provisions:

  • Section 2: Treaties amending or replacing TEU or TFEU
  • Section 3: Amendment of TFEU under simplified revision procedure 
  • Section 4: Cases where treaty or Article 48(6) decision attracts a referendum 
  • Section 6: Decisions requiring approval by Act and by referendum 
  • Section 18: Status of EU law dependent on continuing statutory basis

European Communities Act 1972

II. Explanatory Documents
III. Case Law
  • R. v Secretary of State for Transport Ex p. Factortame (No.2) [1990] 3 W.L.R. 818.
  • HL and R. v Secretary of State for Employment Ex p. Equal Opportunities Commission [1995] 1 A.C. 1 HL
  • Thoburn v Sunderland City Council [2002] EWHC 195 (Admin); [2003] Q.B. 151.
  • R. (on the application of Jackson) v Attorney General [2005] UKHL 56; [2006] 1 A.C. 262.
IV. Literature

European Union Act 2011

  • S Peers, ‘European Integration and the European Union Act 2011: An Irresistible Force Meets an Immovable Object?’ (2013) Public Law 119.
  • MJ Gordon and M Dougan. ‘The United Kingdom’s European Union Act 2011: “Who Won the Bloody War Anyway?” (2012) 37:1 European Law Review 3.
  • P P Craig, 'The European Union Act 2011: Locks, Limits and Legality' (2011) 48 Common Market Law Review 1881.
  • S Peers, ‘The UK’s European Union Bill’ (November 2010), available at Statewatch.org, Annexes I and II.

Referenda and UK Law

  • S Tierney Constitutional Referendums: The Theory and Practice of Republican Deliberation (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • S Tierney 'Constitutional Referendums: A Theoretical Enquiry' (2009) Modern Law Review 72(3) 360.
  • P Norton, “The United Kingdom: Political Conflict, Parliamentary Scrutiny” in P. Norton (ed.), National Parliaments and the European Union (London: Frank Cass, 1996).

Referenda and the EU

  • FA Cheneval, ‘“Caminante, no Hay Camino, se Hace Camino al Andar”: EU Citizenship, Direct Democracy and Treaty Ratification’ (2007) 13 European Law Journal 647.
  • M Shu, ‘Referendums and the Political Constitutionalisation of the EU’ (2008) 14 European Law Journal 423.
  •  G Barrett, ‘Building a Swiss Chalet in an Irish Legal Landscape? Referendums on European  Union Treaties in Ireland and the Impact of Supreme Court Jurisprudence’ (2009) 5 European Constitutional Law Review 32.