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Brexit—Article 50 notification and UK devolution

Brexit—Article 50 notification and UK devolution
Published on: 28 October 2016
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Brexit—Article 50 notification and UK devolution
  • What are the main tensions between Article 50 notification and Brexit on the one hand and the UK’s devolved nations on the other?
  • Does Article 50 notification impact differently on Wales, Northern Ireland and Scotland?
  • Could Scotland (or any other devolved nation) wield veto rights over government notification to withdraw from the EU?
  • To what extent will previous EU devolution agreements, such as those governing Denmark and Greenland, be useful in managing a UK Brexit?
  • Assuming Article 50 notification is given in spring 2017, what should devolved nations be doing in preparation, and what can we expect afterwards?
  • Since your comments above, judgment in the Brexit legal challenge in Northern Ireland has been delivered in favour of the government. Do you have any comments on the outcome and predictions for future developments?

Article summary

Public Law analysis: With differing mandates and objectives from governments of different nations, Brexit draws red lines through the UK’s explicit devolution agreements and implicit understandings. Dr Diana Stirbu, senior lecturer in public administration at London Metropolitan University, assesses the lie of four lands. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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