A New Zealand take on Brexit


The UK government is still struggling to come to terms with the constitutional implications of Brexit. A lot of commentators have expressed their views, but there is still a real lack of agreement about many of the political, legal and constitutional issues involved.

Sometimes it helps to have a view from someone from the outside - not directly affected by the issues and less subject to group-think. New Zealand constitutional law professor, Philip Joseph, has provided that view. His interpretation is one of the more coherent and considered available at the moment, and is well worth a read for those interested. The link is available here.

One of the most interesting things that Joseph points out is that prior to the referendum there was absolutely no planning as to how Brexit might be implemented. Failing to anticipate constitutional outcomes is a leading reason that nations end up in constitutional crises. There are lessons for all countries - including New Zealand - in being prepared for the unexpected.


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