Category: Tobias Lock

Has Parliament Taken Charge of Brexit?

Tobias Lock The UK Government introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – originally promised as the Great Repeal Bill – in order to give effect to Brexit in domestic law in three (theoretically) simple steps: (1) repeal of the European Communities Act 1972, (2) retention of all currently applicable EU law in domestic law and …

Lost in Brexit Transition?

Tobias Lock It is widely accepted that a transition period (or in the UK Government’s parlance: implementation period) will be necessary to ensure an orderly Brexit. The rationale behind transition is twofold: nobody expects an agreement on the future relationship between the UK and the EU to be negotiated and ratified by 29 March 2019; …

Brexit and the Impact on Rights in the EU

Tobias Lock LERU Brexit Seminar What consequences will Brexit have for rights in the European Union? While there has been some discussion on the consequences of Brexit for rights protection in the UK, the potential impact of the UK’s withdrawal for rights protection in the rest of the EU has hardly been touched upon. One …

What Future for the Charter of Fundamental Rights in the UK?

Tobias Lock Despite the EU Withdrawal Bill’s premise to incorporate EU law into UK law, the exclusion of the Charter of Fundamental Rights but the inclusion of general rights principles in EU law has created confusion, writes Tobias Lock. He argues that the current approach of the bill will result in legal uncertainty over which …

Dispute Resolution after Brexit

Tobias Lock Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit ‘red line’ on a role for the European Court of Justice has been a major source of complication in the early stages of the negotiations, writes Tobias Lock. Analysing the recent UK government negotiating paper on dispute resolution, he argues that its shift in emphasis from no ECJ …

The Great Repeal Bill and the Challenge of Bringing Laws Home

Tobias Lock The practical process of transposing all existing EU law into the UK legal system brings with it many detailed and essential items for decision, the volume of which will likely favour the executive, writes Tobias Lock. He argues that EU withdrawal looks set to have a significant impact on the devolution settlements, as …

An Independent Scotland and the EU: What Route to Membership?

Kirsty Hughes and Tobias Lock In-Depth Analysis In the event of independence, how might Scotland pursue EU membership? Kirsty Hughes and Tobias Lock explore the principal options, arguing that ensuring Scotland’s continuity with EU laws and policy would ultimately be more important than attempting to secure a fast-tracked route to membership, which would be completed …