What role for the EU institutions during the Article 50 process
As the UK’s Brexit wish list becomes clearer and the “triggering” of Article 50 draws closer, attention necessarily must turn to the role that the EU institutions will play in the negotiation and conclusion of any deal between the UK and EU. Contrary to the perceptions of some, the process of both negotiating withdrawal from the EU and reaching agreement on future UK-EU relations is not solely within the powers of the UK government and the governments of the EU’s remaining 27 member states alone. Instead, the European Council, the Council of Ministers, the European Commission and potentially the Court of Justice of the European Union will also all play their part in the Brexit process. In light of this, the purpose of this talk is to provide a general overview of the Article 50 process once the UK has “triggered” Article 50 and assess the prospects of any deal being reached between the UK and the EU.
Darren Harvey is a PhD Candidate in Law at Darwin College, University of Cambridge.