Brexit Matters

In response to questions raised with me regarding Brexit I have sought clarity from a variety of sources including the Attorney General and the House of Commons Library, an impartial and independent body that provides detailed analysis to aide MPs in their Parliamentary duties. Here I provide access to their analysis on significant aspects of the Brexit debate which I hope you will find useful.

News

The “meaningful vote” deferred: What now?

On Monday 10 December, the Prime Minister told the House of Commons she would no longer be asking it to vote on the motion to approve her deal with the EU on Tuesday 11 December.

Derek's Column: Brexit

Bewildered, confused, puzzled, perplexed, baffled, stumped, mystified, stupefied, nonplussed, muddled and befuddled. I refer to reactions amongst the public to the parliamentary activity (or otherwise) regarding the Withdrawal Agreement.

Letter from the Attorney General

What is the legal effect of the UK agreeing to the Protocol to the Withdrawal Agreement-on Ireland and Northern Ireland in particular its effect in conjunction with Articles 5 and 184 of the main Withdrawal Agreement?

Backstop/Northern Ireland and Ireland Protocol

The main issue that could lead to Parliament rejecting the Withdrawal Agreement is the backstop which is referred to as the Northern Ireland and Ireland Protocol. In response to questions raised with me I asked the following question to the House of Commons Library.

Article 50

Can the UK revoke Article 50 and stay in EU on same terms as now? Can an independent state withdraw from a treaty it doesn't like?