The UK's Withdrawal from the EU: A Legal Analysis

ISBN : 9780198833475

Michael Dougan
432 Pages
156 x 234 mm
Pub date
Sep 2021
Collected Courses of the Academy of European Law
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Following a national referendum on 23rd June 2016, the UK announced its intention to end its decades-long membership of the EU, perhaps the most dramatic and important change in national policy since 1945. That decision initiated a process of complex negotiations aimed at making the arrangements required for an "orderly Brexit". The UK's Withdrawal from the EU explores the UK's departure from the EU from a legal perspective: Michael Dougan provides a critical analysis of the final EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, including explorations of the future protection of citizens' rights, the border between Ireland and Northern Ireland, and the prospects for future EU-UK relations in fields such as trade and security. These explorations also include an analysis of the primary problems that arose during the Brexit negotiation process and various constitutional principles relevant to EU withdrawal law.


1 Introduction
2 Article 50 TEU: The Quest for an Orderly Withdrawal and the Possibility of Alternative Denouements
3 Legal and Political Factors at Work Within the Article 50 TEU Process
4 Framing the Article 50 TEU Negotiations and Agreeing the First Withdrawal Package
5 Rejection, Revision and Approval of the Withdrawal Package
6 Withdrawal Agreement: General Provisions
7 Citizens' Rights
8 Ireland and Northern Ireland
9 Future Relations Between the Union and the UK
10 Concluding Remarks

About the author: 

Michael Dougan is Professor of European Law at the University of Liverpool and Joint Editor of The Common Market Law Review. He previously held positions at the University of Cambridge and University College London. Dougan is one of the leading authorities on EU constitutional law and has made extensive--as well as influential--contributions to the UK's academic, policy, and public debates about membership of and withdrawal from the EU.

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