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Chatham House Primer: Brexit

18 July 2016 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Chatham House, London


Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Honorary Research Fellow, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford; Anniversary Chair in Law, Queen Mary University of London; Author, Constitutional Law of the EU



Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott is a leading European constitutional law expert. She will outline the legal requirements needed to realize Brexit: explaining the steps necessary to separate the British and EU political and legal orders and highlighting a number of important constitutional implications for the UK.

The talk will cover:

  • The Lisbon Treaty: Article 50 and its invocation
  • Can Article 50 be stopped once triggered?
  • What can and can’t be negotiated?
    • Access to the single market and the ‘four freedoms’
    • Immigration, asylum and refugee obligations
    • The Court of Justice of the EU and the European Court of Human Rights
  • Approving the final deal: Qualified majority and veto
  • How much UK law comes from the EU and how can these be disentangled?
  • Constitutional implications for Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • Beyond Article 50: The European Communities Act 1972 and the role of the UK Parliament

About Chatham House Primers

The Chatham House Primer Series is a unique programme of talks designed to bridge the gap between introductory level subject knowledge and a more advanced understanding geared towards practical application, higher-level discussion and policy debate.

With each talk hosted by a leading expert, the Primer series aims to provide the audience with a solid grounding in topics of academic curiosity, key international affairs concepts and the issues behind the news.

This event will be followed by a reception open to all attendees.

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