Brexit Secretary’s application to appeal to UK Supreme Court in ‘Article 50’ case refused

The UK government has had an application for permission to appeal to the UK Supreme Court against the decision to refer the question of whether the Article 50 notification to leave the EU can be unilaterally revoked to the Court of Justice of the European Union refused.

Published 9 November 2018

Former Advocate General issues Brexit warning on rule of law in Northern Ireland

The former Advocate General for Northern Ireland has warned that Brexit risks undermining the rule of law in Northern Ireland if the UK government doesn't change course.

Published 9 November 2018

Scottish Parliament backs campaign for people's vote on terms of Brexit

The Scotland for a People’s Vote campaign has welcomed the decision of the Scottish Parliament to formally approve its “unequivocal support for a public vote on the final terms of the Brexit deal” – the first legislature in the UK to do so.

Published 8 November 2018

Lawyers urge Theresa May to support people's vote on Brexit

Lawyers have urged Theresa May and MPs to support the People's Vote on Brexit, arguing in a letter that “democratic government is not frozen in time”.

Published 5 November 2018

Rodney Whyte: Relax, just do it – why the Scottish government should relax LBTT for Brexit

Rodney Whyte looks at the gains made by LBTT and what needs to be done to maintain them.

Published 26 October 2018

Joanna Fulton: Brexit – trading in a no-deal scenario

If the UK and the EU fail to agree the terms of our withdrawal from the EU prior to March 2019, we will find ourselves in a “no-deal” or “cliff edge” scenario, writes Joanna Fulton.

Published 12 October 2018

Savills: Brexit uncertainty to delay recovery in London housing market as provinces prove their worth

Scotland’s property market along with those in the English provinces are all expected to outperform London, as buyers recognise the relative affordability and the potential to stretch their equity, according to real estate adviser Savills.

Published 11 October 2018

Brexit and 'limping divorce statuses' in UK and Ireland to be analysed at Aberdeen seminar

3 October 2018, 1300 - 1500Taylor Building C11, University of AberdeenAdmission is free, no booking required

Published 2 October 2018

Tobias Lock: MPs bid for right to stop Brexit will likely succeed

Andy Wightman and others asked the Court of Session to make a judgment that Article 50 can be revoked unilaterally and unconditionally by the UK Parliament. The

Published 1 October 2018

Court of Session rules ‘Brexit’ revocation question can be referred to European Court of Justice

A question about whether the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union (EU) can be revoked should be answered by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), the Inner House of the Court of Session has ruled.

Published 21 September 2018

CJEU: European arrest warrant regime subsists until Brexit occurs

The notification, by the United Kingdom, of its intention to withdraw from the EU does not have the consequence that execution of a European arrest warrant issued by that member state must be refused or postponed.

Published 20 September 2018

Murgitroyd sees rise in profits amid Brexit confidence

Murgitroyd, a global intellectual property attorney firm headquartered in Glasgow, has reported a seven per cent increase in underlying profits to £4.1 million.

Published 12 September 2018

Justice Secretary urges clarity with 200 days until Brexit

The ability of Scotland’s police and prosecutors to plan for Brexit is being hampered by an “unacceptable” lack of clarity from the UK government, Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has said.Following the Scotland Secretary, David Mundell's evidence to the Justice Committee last week, Mr Yousaf said there still remains “no answers to basic questions” on security and judicial co-operation with the EU.He urged the UK government to publish plans for what will happen to measures such as the European arrest warrant (EAW) in the event of a no-deal Brexit.Mr Yousaf said: “With 200 days to go until Brexit, the complete lack of any clarity on our future security partnership with the EU is much worse than 'suboptimal' – as the Secretary of State put it to committee - it is unacceptable.“We rely on measures like the European arrest warrant with which, for example, we might not have been able to bring a number of high-profile criminals to justice.“This government has been consistently clear on the importance of safeguarding the close co-operation which Scottish police and prosecutors enjoy with their EU counterparts.”Since 2011, over 760 people have been subject to court proceedings in a Scottish court after being arrested on an EAW.In one example, a Polish national was arrested in Poland within five hours of issue of the arrest warrant, following an attack and murder in Edinburgh in January 2012. In 2009 Marek Harcar, a Slovakian national, was jailed for the murder of Moira Jones after being arrested on an EAW.Mr Yousaf added: “We are working with our law enforcement agencies to plan in case these co-operation arrangement fall away. With no answers to basic questions, this planning is complex and challenging.“While I welcome that the UK government’s White Paper finally acknowledged Scotland’s separate judicial system, we need to know what their plans are for security co-operation in the event of a no-deal. There is no guarantee that we can rely on a transition period, as the Secretary of State seemed to suggest.“The clock is ticking and this is becoming increasingly urgent.”

Published 10 September 2018

Faculty: Family law will be hit hard by Brexit

Family law in Scotland will become less certain and probably more expensive after Brexit, the Faculty of Advocates believes.

Published 22 August 2018

Shetland briefing session on EU citizens’ rights and Brexit to be held next month

Solicitors and immigration advisors in the Shetlands will have an opportunity to attend a free briefing session on “EU Citizens' Rights” in Lerwick next month, on 4 September.

Published 21 August 2018