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Brexit, devolution and the UK constitution—the view from Northern Ireland

Published on: 03 February 2017
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Brexit, devolution and the UK constitution—the view from Northern Ireland
  • What are the key issues raised in the Article 50 TEU litigation from the Northern Irish perspective? How has the collapse of the NI government altered the situation?
  • What is likely to be the role of the next NI Government in triggering Article 50 TEU and then legislating for Brexit?
  • Do the existing UK constitutional arrangements require the NI Government to consent to legislative changes in areas in which it has devolved legislative competence? How does the Supreme Court case alter matters?
  • Are there significant differences between the NI position and that of Wales and Scotland?
  • Any other predictions with regards to devolution and Brexit?

Article summary

Public Law analysis: The Article 50 TEU litigation had the unintended consequence of bringing UK devolution arrangements into the spotlight. The collapse of the Executive in Northern Ireland, which has now led to an election being called on 2 March, along with fears regarding the aftermath of Brexit and the Northern Irish vote to remain inside the EU leave a devolved nation looking at uncertain times. Alan Whysall of the Constitution Unit at University College London considers the issues from the perspective of Northern Ireland. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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