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Finger on the polls – May calls for snap General Election

18 April 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced that she intends to trigger a General Election to take place on 8 June 2017.  The announcement came as a surprise, having only been agreed this morning in a meeting of Cabinet and with even Conservative Party backbenchers reportedly not having been informed or consulted beforehand.  Mrs May is taking a calculated risk that a General Election will provide her with an increased mandate for implementing, while also weakening political opposition to, her vision for Brexit.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Government Relations and Policy Advocacy

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What you need to know before Brexit gets underway this week

27 March 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

This Wednesday, the UK embarks on a journey not previously taken by any other EU Member State. The process for withdrawing from the EU, which will get officially underway following the UK's formal notification to the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017, is untested and there is much uncertainty about how it will run. 

Here we answer five crucial questions about what comes next. To find out more, join us the day after Article 50 is due to be triggered, 30 March 2017, for the first in a series of webinars we will be hosting throughout the Brexit process by clicking here.

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Agreeing how to disagree: Brexit, future EU-UK agreements and the need for an umpire

7 March 2017

By Charles Brasted, Andrew Eaton and Telha Arshad 

What good is a cricket game without an umpire? While both teams might be applying the same rules, situations often crop up in which a definitive interpretation must be given, and the rules of the game enforced. The same applies to bilateral agreements: they inevitably require a mechanism that will ensure consistent interpretation and, if necessary, enforcement of the agreement between the parties.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Government Relations and Policy Advocacy, International Arbitration

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The Government's Article 50 Bill: small, but of mighty constitutional importance

30 January 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

On 26 January 2017, the Government published its European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill (the "Bill") to empower the Prime Minister to notify the EU, under Article 50 of the Treaty on the European Union, of the United Kingdom's intention to withdraw from the EU (otherwise known as "triggering Article 50").  

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Government Relations and Policy Advocacy

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Supreme Court rules Brexit must be triggered by UK Parliament

25 January 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

On 24 January 2017, the Supreme Court handed down its highly anticipated judgment in Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the EU.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Government Relations and Policy Advocacy