EU Law Analysis: The second vote against the withdrawal agreement: what next?

Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex The second attempt to approve the withdrawal agreement has been defeated again in the House of Commons. What were the main legal issues in this second attempt – and what is the way forward, if any? MPs were asked to vote on five documents: a)      The Withdrawal Agreement, as agreed in November, which has not been changed (see my overview of the agreement here) b)      The non-binding Political Declaration on the future relationship with the EU, which has not been changed (see my detailed…

Legal Analysis of the Strasbourg Deal of March 11 2019

Professor Michael Dougan, University of Liverpool, 12 March 2019 Summary: The legal form of the “Instrument relating to the Withdrawal Agreement” and / or the “Joint Statement supplementing the Political Declaration” is of little importance.  The real question is whether the new measures make any meaningful changes to the withdrawal package which was politically endorsed in November 2018 and now awaits approval in the Commons.  The Instrument largely restates existing provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement without making any appreciable additions or changes.  In particular: the “backstop” is still capable of…