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Exit from the European Union: Article 50, Parliament and the Prerogative in the UK Courts

2:00pm - 4:30pm / Monday 28th November 2016
Type: Seminar / Category: Research
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This EU Law @ Liverpool seminar will bring together a range of public law academics to analyse the High Court judgments in England and Wales and Northern Ireland, which consider the domestic constitutional requirements for a lawful decision to trigger Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union, and therefore begin the process of negotiating UK withdrawal from the European Union. In particular, the seminar will explore aspects of the judgments which relate to the question of whether such a decision can be taken by the government under the royal prerogative power to conduct foreign affairs and international relations, or requires fresh legislative authorisation by Act of Parliament, the relevance of UK devolution legislation to these issues, and the justiciability of matters of considerable political controversy in the courts.

In addition to reacting to the High Court judgments on the Article 50 decision, our invited speakers will anticipate and reflect on lines of argument likely to feature significantly as this dispute is appealed to the UK Supreme Court in early December 2016. We will then open up the critical constitutional issues raised in these cases for a roundtable discussion among the seminar participants.


Professor Aileen McHarg (Strathclyde)
Dr Hélène Tyrrell (Newcastle)
Professor TT Arvind (Newcastle)
Dr Richard Kirkham (Sheffield)


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Dr Adam Tucker (