Category: National Perspectives on Europe

Implementation of Brexit in the UK

Darren Harvey LERU Brexit Seminar   Introduction In order to prepare the UK legal order for Brexit, the UK Government’s flagship piece of legislation, the EU Withdrawal Act 2018 (EUWA), received royal assent on 26th June 2018. The EUWA repeals the European Communities Act 1972 (ECA) on “exit day”, which is defined in section 20(1) …

Regulation of Unfair Trading Practices between Businesses after Brexit

Tom Verdonk LERU Brexit Seminar   With the UK’s imminent withdrawal from the EU, the EU’s motto “United in diversity” has clearly taken a hit. While the motto is generally used to refer to European cultural diversity, it could equally apply to some legal domains. One legal area in which EU Member States have shown …

Scotland’s Relationship with the EU after Brexit: Lessons from the Faroes

Jacques Hartmann The Faroe Islands set an important precedent for a part of a unitary state to establish differentiated relations with the EU, writes Jacques Hartmann. He argues that the Faroes potentially yield important lessons for Scotland on how to retain at least some benefits of EU membership, even after a hard Brexit. Tórshavn – …

Bulgaria and Romania: Ten Years of EU Membership in the Shadow of Monitoring

Eli Gateva Since joining the EU in 2007, Bulgaria and Romania have remained under unprecedented post-accession monitoring, and have achieved mixed results in addressing corruption, organised crime and judicial reform, writes Eli Gateva. She argues that both countries demonstrate the limits of the EU’s influence after accession, and that, while the EU has a role, …

When Article 50 Meets Section 30 – Another Quiet Week in Scotland’s Constitutional Politics

Peter Lynch Scotland’s independence debate was intensified by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon’s announcement this week, but both sides of the argument have been preparing since the EU referendum, writes Peter Lynch. He argues that, while the timing of an independence referendum is the main focus at the moment, others may well come up, and that …

America Decides: Foreign Policy Implications for Europe

Anthony Salamone Following the US elections, American foreign policy in Europe is set to enter a period of unpredictability, writes Anthony Salamone. He argues that the US government’s approach to Europe could vary from inert policy stability to more dramatic change in policy and priorities, and that the Trump presidency could be the first administration …

2016: The Ebbing of Europe’s Radical Left Tide?

Luke March In-Depth Analysis In the economic and financial crisis and its aftermath, European radical left parties have achieved some electoral success, though major challenges will continue to limit their prospects, writes Luke March. He argues that left parties have a difficult balance to strike between maintaining their principles in their policies and recognising the …