So Long, Farewell, Auf Wiedersehen, Adieu: Brexit and the Charter of Fundamental Rights
Posted: 7 Mar 2019
Date Written: March 2019
The UK's relationship with the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union can at best be described as strained, at worst, actively hostile. The Charter was, for the UK, an unwanted child, unloved at birth, grudgingly tolerated during life, and willingly surrendered at the death of the UK's membership of the EU. This article charts the UK's approach to the Charter from its inception to its demise in the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018. It considers, in particular, the UK's so‐called opt out from the Charter in Protocol 30 and the confusion that has been generated as a result. It then argues that the Charter will have a legacy effect in the UK, primarily through the renaissance of the general principles of law.
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