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Brexit and the British Bill of Rights

42 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2017  

Tobias Lock

University of Edinburgh School of Law

Tom Gerald Daly

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Ed Bates

University of Leicester

Christine Bell

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou

University of Liverpool

David Edward

Independent

Murray Hunt

Independent

Kagiaros Dimitrios

University of Edinburgh

Fiona de Londras

Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, UK

Cormac S. Mac Amhlaigh

University of Edinburgh - School of Law

Christopher McCrudden

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law; University of Michigan Law School

Anne Smith

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute

Date Written: February 6, 2017

Abstract

On 27 October 2016 Edinburgh Law School, the Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law, the Global Justice Academy, the Human Rights Centre, and the Edinburgh Europa Institute came together at Edinburgh Law School to discuss two inter-connected developments of profound significance for the constitutional order of the United Kingdom: Brexit and a British Bill of Rights. Although the discussion ranged widely, human rights protection, and the prospect of regression in existing rights protection, was the primary focus.

This research paper reflects the discussions at the workshop on the nature of these developments, and the possible implications of each development for the United Kingdom across a range of dimensions: the devolution settlements, the peace settlement in Northern Ireland based on the Good Friday Agreement, parliamentary supremacy, the UK’s relationship with the European Union, and the UK’s international obligations beyond the EU’s legal order.

It is grouped around four key themes:

• Concrete reduction in rights protection;
• Consent;
• Constitutional complexity; and
• Community.

Keywords: ECHR, EU, Brexit, Human Rights, United Kingdom, devolution, consent

JEL Classification: K10, K33

Suggested Citation

Lock, Tobias and Daly, Tom Gerald and Bates, Ed and Bell, Christine and Dzehtsiarou, Kanstantsin and Edward, David and Hunt, Murray and Dimitrios, Kagiaros and de Londras, Fiona and Mac Amhlaigh, Cormac S. and McCrudden, Christopher and Smith, Anne, Brexit and the British Bill of Rights (February 6, 2017). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2913566

Tobias Lock (Contact Author)

University of Edinburgh School of Law ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

Tom Daly

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

Ed Bates

University of Leicester ( email )

University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

Christine Bell

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom
00441316502012 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.ed.ac.uk/staff/christinebell/

Kanstantsin Dzehtsiarou

University of Liverpool ( email )

Brownlow Hill
Liverpool, L69 3BX
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://https://www.liv.ac.uk/law/staff/kanstantsin-dzehtsiarou/

David Edward

Independent

No Address Available

Murray Hunt

Independent

No Address Available

Kagiaros Dimitrios

University of Edinburgh ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, Scotland EH8 9JY
United Kingdom
1316514523 (Phone)
1316514523 (Fax)

HOME PAGE: http://www.research.ed.ac.uk/portal/en/persons/dimitrios-kagiaros(f00f0656-b14f-44c1-9c7c-ce07b07d8d

Fiona De Londras

Birmingham Law School, University of Birmingham, UK ( email )

Edgbaston
Birmingham, B15 2TT
United Kingdom

HOME PAGE: http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/schools/law/staff/profile.aspx?ReferenceId=99740

Cormac Mac Amhlaigh

University of Edinburgh - School of Law ( email )

Old College
South Bridge
Edinburgh, EH8 9YL
United Kingdom

Christopher McCrudden

Queen's University Belfast - School of Law ( email )

School of Law
Belfast BT7 1NN, Northern Ireland BT7 1NN
United Kingdom

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States

Anne Smith

Ulster University - Transitional Justice Institute ( email )

Ulster University
Northland Rd, Magee
Co. Derry, County Antrim BT48 7JL
Northern Ireland
44 28 71675154 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.transitionaljustice.ulster.ac.uk//staff_profiles/anne_smith.html

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