Monday 27 June 2016 – United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union

On Monday 27 June 2016 MLAs discussed the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union following the referendum on Thursday 23 June 2016 and the vote to leave the EU. During the debate MLAs discussed the result and the implications for Northern Ireland.

2 thoughts on “Monday 27 June 2016 – United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union”

  1. In the recent referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, both Northern Ireland and Scotland, – constituent nations within the United Kingdom – voted overwhelmingly to remain. The House of Lords European Union Committee report on the process of withdrawing from the EU (11th report of session 2015 – 16) makes clear that “the Scottish Parliament’s consent would be required” and that due to the European Communities Act being “entrenched in the devolution settlements of Wales and Northern Ireland” that there is “no reason to believe that the requirement for legislative consent for its repeal would not apply to all the devolved nations.” – p.19 http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld201516/ldselect/ldeucom/138/138.pdf

    What this means is that it can be argued that both Scotland and Northern Ireland might effectively have a veto over whether the United Kingdom can leave the European Union.

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