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IIEL Publishes Book on the LEGAL ASPECTS OF BREXIT–Implications of the United Kingdom’s Decision to Withdraw from the European Union
Wednesday, March 29, 2017 marks the start of a two-year process under which the United Kingdom (UK) will withdraw from the European Union (EU). Both the procedures for leaving and the legal implications of a UK standing outside the EU are complicated and far reaching. Drawing on the discussions, readings and research done for a Georgetown Law seminar, Jennifer Hillman and Gary Horlick present an overview of a number of the legal issues raised by Brexit in a book containing the papers written by the students in the seminar and an extensive roadmap to the many sources of information and analysis about Brexit and its implications for the UK, the EU and the rest of the world.
On June 23, 2016, British voters went to the polls in an advisory referendum to answer a simple question: should the UK remain a member of the EU or should it leave? The answer—a vote of 52% in favor of leaving the EU—launched what may be the largest legal project of this century, given how deeply and intricately EU law is embedded in the UK. To help explore and understand this project, Jennifer Hillman and Gary Horlick present an overview of a number of the legal issues raised by the decision, process and potential outcome flowing from the UK’s plan to withdraw from membership in the EU, drawn from a first-of-its-kind seminar taught on the Law of Brexit in the fall of 2016. Legal Aspects of Brexit includes the papers written by the seminar students covering a wide array of Brexit dilemmas, ranging from the implications for the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, to the potential for investor-state disputes, to the status of EU trade agreements with Canada, Korea and the East African Community to the effect on everything from human rights, to data privacy, to geographical indications, to financial services, to the English Premier League soccer player and more. Each paper explores what EU law, if any, would remain in place in a post-Brexit UK and what the UK can or should do to fill any holes created in their legal framework, along with an analysis of any new or different obligations placed on the EU or its institutions in a post-Brexit world.
The book also contains an extensive roadmap to the many sources of information and analysis about Brexit and its implications for the UK, the EU and the rest of the world.
Both the book, Legal Aspects of Brexit and the Roadmap are available at no charge on the IIEL’s website. Print copies of the book are available for purchase online here. A standalone copy of the book’s cover is available here. Read the press release here.