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Whose power is it anyway? Brexit, parliamentary sovereignty and triggering Article 50

24 October 2016

By Andrew Eaton and Oliver Travers


Last week saw the final submissions in the judicial review on whether the UK Government can formally trigger Brexit without parliamentary backing. Although dismissed by some, including the Government's own lawyers, as an attempt to "reverse Brexit", the Claimants' case asks a question that goes to the heart of the relationship between the Government, the Parliament, the courts and the people of the UK. Indeed, the outcome of this legal process may well have profoundly political implications.

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Why Brexit May Be Good for UK Investors Abroad

24 October 2016

By  and

Following the referendum on 23 June 2016 the UK’s Prime Minister has recently indicated that the UK will invoke Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (“TEU”) by the end of March 2017. It is expected that within two years from then the UK will withdraw from the EU.

In this entry we consider potential ramifications of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU on its investment treaty regime. In particular we ask whether Brexit would be good for UK investors abroad: first, with respect to the UK’s intra-EU BITs and second, with respect to the UK’s extra-EU BITs. We also consider whether Brexit could have negative ramifications, in particular in the form of potential claims against the UK.

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UK: Labour Party asks Theresa May questions about the future of the UPC

20 October 2016

By Alexandra Pearson

Labour has challenged the Government to answer 170 in-depth questions on the detail of its Brexit plan.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Intellectual Property

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UPC – Brexit update – Judicial recruitment postponed and Luxembourg representative to take over IT Working Group

19 October 2016

By Alexandra Pearson

Despite the UK’s Brexit vote in June, the preparations for the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court had, until now, been continuing largely as planned.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Intellectual Property

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Brexit – It takes two to tango

11 October 2016

By Jeffrey Greenbaum

A Perspective from Italy

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