Everybody out! Brexit by April 2019



The Prime Minister today has announced her intention (a) to trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017 at the latest and (b) to introduce a Great Repeal Bill to convert all EU legislation into UK law on the date of leaving the EU and to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act 1972 at the same time. Doubtless, there will be scrutiny of the EU legislation involved with a view to amendment or repeal post Brexit – a task that could keep government lawyers busy for years beyond our departure from the EU.


There have been predictable noises off about a so-called Scottish veto on the Bill but as stated in a previous blog it is very unlikely that this exists and the most that could be done would be for SNP Members of Parliament to vote against it in Parliament.


Watch out, too, for revival of the judicial review proceedings commenced earlier in the summer on the issue of whether article 50 has to be triggered by Parliament or whether the Prime Minister may go it alone under the Royal Prerogative. Whatever the first instance decision it is inevitable that there will be a leapfrog appeal to the Supreme Court. Lots for lawyers to look forward to in the new year.

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Professor Simon Baughen

Professor Simon Baughen was appointed as Professor of Shipping Law in September 2013 (previously Reader at the University of Bristol Law School). Simon Baughen studied law at Oxford and practised in maritime law for several years before joining academia. His research interests lie mainly in the field of shipping law, but also include the law of trusts and the environmental law implications of the activities of multinational corporations in the developing world. Simon's book on Shipping Law, has run to seven editions (soon to be eight) and is already well-known to academics and students alike as by far the most learned and approachable work on the subject. Furthermore, he is now the author of the very well-established practitioner's work Summerskill on Laytime. He has an extensive list of publications to his name, including International Trade and the Protection of the Environment, and Human Rights and Corporate Wrongs - Closing the Governance Gap. He has also written and taught extensively on commercial law, trusts and environmental law. Simon is a member of the Institute of International Shipping and Trade Law, a University Research Centre within the School of Law, and he currently teaches at Swansea on the LLM in:Carriage of Goods by Sea, Land and Air; Charterparties Law and Practice; International Corporate Governance.

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