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The government's Brexit white paper: a missed opportunity

Nicholas Wright from the UCL School of Public Policy analyses the government's recent White Paper on Brexit.
Nicholas Wright (SPP)
17 February 2017

Starts: Feb 17, 2017 12:00:00 AM

The process of Brexit: What comes next?

In a new report published jointly by the UCL Constitution Unit and the UCL European Institute, Alan Renwick,  Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit, examines what the process of Brexit is likely to look like over the coming weeks, months, and years. Here he summarises five key lessons.
Alan Renwick (Constitution Unit)
8 February 2017

Starts: Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Brexit and Parliament: A Second Capitulation or Sovereignty Regained?

Professor of EU Law, Piet Eeckhout, examines the role of Parliament in the Brexit process after the Supreme Court judgement, arguing that an alternative reading of Article 50 would offer greater scope for parliamentary oversight and, therefore, a more democratic outcome.
Piet Eeckhout (European Institute)
31 January 2017

Starts: Feb 1, 2017 12:00:00 AM

Britain & Europe

Britain & Europe


The electorate in Britain has become highly critical of the way the European Union, and indeed the European Court of Human Rights, operate. Were a referendum on EU membership to be called in the next legislature, public opinion – and thus campaigning – would hinge centrally on how the Union is judged to perform in certain policy areas, and whether any reforms were deemed both sufficient and achievable.

Yet what are the concrete facts underlying our often highly politicized perception of key policy areas? And what would a reform of European institutions and policy areas entail in real terms?

In a two-year programme starting Autumn 2014, the UCL European Institute will explore these questions in a series of public debates with experts, via the research and publication of resources on policy areas and institutional questions, and the creation of a bespoke Britain & Europe blog.

What we do
Policy Panels
Between January 2015 and June 2016, we will hold a series of policy panels in London and Brussels. We will discuss opportunities, needs and limits of EU reform with experts from academia, politics, law, and the media.
Related to each policy panel we will publish a fact sheet comprising concise information on legislative, juridical and political factors in each area under discussion.
Online Resource Area
Accompanying factsheets and policy panels we will build up a web-friendly, easily accessible resource area with references and links to key legislation, case law, explanatory documents and literature.
An abridged video of each of our policy panels will be posted here. These snapshots are useful for those interested in, but unable to attend our policy panels. 

Providing ongoing up-to-date comment and analysis on Britain’s relationship to the EU, this blog will feature contributions by academics and other experts on Britain's relationship to the European Union. Details soon.

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