Last night’s UCL event—Brexit: Legal & Constitutional Requirements

by Carl Gardner on July 14, 2016

Last night University College London hosted a discussion on Brexit and the law, featuring Dr Tom Hickman and Professor Jeff King (co-authors with Nick Barber of the famous article 50 blogpost) together with Professor Piet Eeckhout, Dr Virginia Mantouvalou, Professor George Letsas and Dr Ronan McCrea.

I was far from convinced by some of the constitutional theorising last night about the illegitimacy of the EU referendum and the human rights arguments made against Brexit. Nor am I persuaded by Hickman and King’s argument on article 50. But it was fascinating to hear them defend their position, including against a provocative and maybe slightly bonkers point from me (at about 1 hour 21 minutes).

Joshua Rozenberg was in the chair. I must congratulate UCL not only on the event itself but on having so impressively livestreamed it on the web and published this video so quickly.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Joshua Rozenberg July 14, 2016 at 16:46

Thanks for this, Carl, and sorry not to have called you by name when you asked your question.

2 Carl Gardner July 14, 2016 at 17:02

No need to apologise, Joshua! I certainly wouldn’t have expected that.

Thanks for chairing the event so well. The attendance was impressive and it’s excellent how accessible UCL have made it.

3 Jeff King July 15, 2016 at 10:36

Dear Carl,
Your question wasn’t bonkers at all! And this is a productive disagreement we are having. I was fearful you’d grill us on Ex p Rees Mogg (as in your Radio 4 interview with H Kennedy)! (Laker Airways is our answer on that point – see Ewan Smith’s UKCLA blog post on this). It was good of you to make time to come and a shame we didn’t have the chance to meet afterwards.
Very best,
Jeff

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