Saturday, 1 February 2020

10 years

14 January 2020 marked the 10th anniversary of this blog. 

With Brexit achieved on 31 January, the government will now engage in trade and other negotiations with the EU. Those are beyond the scope of this blog and will, I am sure, be covered adequately elsewhere - e.g. EU Law Analysis (Professor Steve Peers), Brexit Blog (Monckton Chambers), UK Trade Policy Observatory (University of Sussex), and The UK in a Changing Europe. Also, Department for International Trade.

Apart from the impact of Brexit, many other issues face the new government - see House of Commons Library Insights for the new Parliament.

Of particular concern
to criminal law practitioners will be what the government does about the poor state of access to justice and the criminal justice system under which it can take in excess of 2 years from charge to trial. All too often, courtrooms are not in use even though judges are available. A Royal Commission on the efficiency and effectiveness of criminal justice is promised - previous post 2 January 2020Reform of sentencing law is also in the pipeline.

Reform of the Constitution will also come to the fore once the proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission is up and running - previous post 4 January 2020. The process leading to Brexit has revealed, perhaps as never before, the inner workings of the British constitution - e.g. (1) prerogative powers and the Miller litigation, (2) the relations between the government and the devolved administrations, (3) the position of the Supreme Court of the UK, (4) how judges are appointed, (5) the electoral system and associated law, (6) the protection of human rights within the UK including the UK's position regarding the European Convention on Human Rights.

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Future of the UK -EU relationship ....

Europa - 3 February 2020 - Future EU-UK partnership

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