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Examining the impact of Brexit on UK devolution—revisited

Published on: 16 October 2019
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Examining the impact of Brexit on UK devolution—revisited
  • How does EU law interact with UK devolution and how does Brexit change this?
  • How does Brexit and the government’s approach to legislating for it impact on the UK devolution settlements?
  • What are the relevant parts of EU(W)A 2018 concerning devolution, devolved legislative powers and UK ‘freezing powers’?
  • What are UK-wide common legislative frameworks?
  • What is the legal and constitutional context for the frameworks?
  • The Cabinet Office has issued guidance and reports on the frameworks—what is the key guidance and what can lawyers learn from it?
  • What are the key legal sectors covered in the 21 priority areas and what progress has been made?
  • In practice how does Brexit and the introduction of UK-wide common frameworks affect the role and powers of the devolved administrations?
  • The government is taking specific steps to legislate and prepare on behalf of Northern Ireland. How does this work and who is accountable in the event that any of these decisions are vulnerable to legal challenge?

Article summary

Kenneth Campbell QC, fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, of Arnot Manderson Advocates and Lamb Building, analyses the interaction between Brexit and UK devolution, the use of UK-wide common legislative frameworks to maintain harmonisation in the UK market, and the impact for the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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