Irobiko Chimezie

Brexit Update: UK agrees to remove law-breaking clauses in legislation

The UK has agreed to remove the law breaking elements of a piece of Brexit legislation that had been threatening to derail the prospect of a free trade deal with the EU and US. Boris Johnson's government has agreed "in principle" to remove controversial aspects of the UK Internal Market Bill, meaning there has been a resolution … Continue reading Brexit Update: UK agrees to remove law-breaking clauses in legislation

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Why the EU and UK are still arguing over Brexit

It’s more than four years since Britain voted to leave the European Union, and almost a year since Prime Minister Boris Johnson won an election by vowing to “get Brexit done.” Spoiler alert: It is not done. As negotiators from the two sides hunker down for their final weeks of talks on an elusive trade … Continue reading Why the EU and UK are still arguing over Brexit

EU nations disagree on the right response to virus spikes

Countries across Europe are battling coronavirus infection spikes with new lockdowns, curfews, face mask orders and virus tracking smart phone apps. In a small indication of success, Spain's government said it won't extend a state of emergency in the Madrid region when it expires Saturday, but will look to more local measures. But as a … Continue reading EU nations disagree on the right response to virus spikes

Irobiko Chimezie

UK threatens to boycott trade negotiations with EU

Britain laid out its opening demands for upcomingtrade talks with the European Union on Thursday,including a blunt threat to walk away from the negotiating table if there is no progress within four months. The two sides appear headed for a rocky first round of negotiations as they try to forge a new relationship following the … Continue reading UK threatens to boycott trade negotiations with EU

A major post-Brexit challenge for the EU

The Brexit drama shook the foundations of the European Union for years and laid bare the need for much-delayed political renovations at the 27-nation bloc. But now that Britain has finally left, where does the EU revamp even start and who is going to foot the bill? Those questions loom large for EU officials and … Continue reading A major post-Brexit challenge for the EU

EU gets ready for no-deal Brexit

With UK Prime Minister Theresa May conceding a third vote in the House of Commons is increasingly unlikely, and that it is now likely the United Kingdom will leave the European Union without a deal on 12 April, the European Commission on Monday completed its no-deal preparations. At the same time, in a major policy … Continue reading EU gets ready for no-deal Brexit

Britain after Brexit: A Nation Divided

For a long time, Britons who wanted their country to leave the European Union were regarded almost as mentally ill by those who wanted it to stay. The leavers didn’t have an opinion; they had a pathology. Since one doesn’t argue with pathology, it wasn’t necessary for the remainers to answer the leavers with more … Continue reading Britain after Brexit: A Nation Divided

EU and the new politics of globalization

The world of EU law woke-up on June 24th with a hangover. Every member of our academic community is or knows well friends and colleagues studying and teaching EU law in the UK whose futures are in question. Yet, the referendum raises a larger scientific question for EU law. As well as the technicalities of divorce and variable … Continue reading EU and the new politics of globalization

The estimated effect of Brexit on trade and living standards

To estimate the effect of Brexit on the UK’s trade and living standards, we use a modern quantitative trade model of the global economy. Quantitative trade models incorporate the channels through which trade affects consumers, firms and workers, and provide a mapping from trade data to welfare. The model provides numbers for how much real incomes change under … Continue reading The estimated effect of Brexit on trade and living standards

 Brexit: The role of European Court of Justice (ECJ)

  The Court of Justice of the European Union - to give it its full name - is the EU's highest legal authority. It is based in Luxembourg. It is an entirely different thing to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR). It is the European Court of Human Rights, not the ECJ that has … Continue reading  Brexit: The role of European Court of Justice (ECJ)