Public Law Blog

21 June 2017

The Queen’s Speech 2017 – Setting the parliamentary agenda

Shortly after 11.30am today the 64th Queen’s Speech of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was delivered at the State Opening of Parliament. This important ceremonial event aimed to set the UK parliamentary agenda for the next two years.

Nick Wrightson

16 June 2017

Will legislating for Brexit be almost as testing for the new minority government as the forthcoming negotiations?

With the public debate on Brexit dominated by the crucial question of the form it should take, it is easy to forget how difficult Brexit is likely to be to implement through legislation. This blog post outlines some political, logistical and constitutional challenges the UK may face.

Nick Wrightson

9 June 2017

How would a minority government or coalition led by Theresa May go about changing human rights laws in the fight against terrorism?

In the closing stages of the election campaign, Theresa May declared herself to be ready to change human rights laws if they get in the way of tackling terror suspects. This blog post takes a first look at what that might mean in practice, and identifies some challenges Mrs May may face.


Nick Wrightson

9 June 2017

Brexit: what the Government (whoever forms it) needs to do now

The dissolution of Parliament and subsequent election campaign put on ice the legal steps that will have to be taken in order to make progress in achieving Brexit. Give that both the Conservatives and Labour were committed to Brexit, whatever the make-up of the next Government attention needs to re-focus on what needs to be done through legislation in order to make Brexit possible in practice.

Adam Chapman

22 May 2017

Legal update: court is left unconvinced by ‘Purdah’ argument in judicial review proceedings

R (on the application of ClientEarth) v Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs [2017] EWHC B12 (Admin)

Jonathan Blunden

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