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UK Politics – Civil Liberties and Human Rights

6. The Impact of Brexit

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Lecture

In this module, we consider the potential impact of Brexit on rights protections in the United Kingdom, focusing in particular on: (i) the fact that EU laws take precedence over Acts of Parliament; (ii) the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (CFR) and the European Convention on Human Rights; (iv) two cases where the UK has circumvented the need to abide by EU law – the HS2 case (R (on the application of HS2 Action Alliance Limited) v Secretary of State for Transport (2014)) and the Gina Miller case (R (Miller) v. Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union (2017)); and (v) some suggestions for ‘further reading’ if you want to continue your exploration of civil liberties and human rights protections in the UK.

Course

In this course, Dr Matthew Williams (University of Oxford) explores the development of civil liberties and human rights protection in the UK through the question ‘Civil liberties and human rights have been eroded in recent years. Discuss.’ In the first module, we introduce the question itself and think about some of the things to think about when answering any essay question of this kind. In the second module, we think about the history of rights protection in the UK from Magna Carta onwards, before turning in the third and fourth modules to four substantive areas of law in which human rights and civil liberties have arguably been ‘eroded’ – national security, criminal justice, the right to protest, and data protection. In the fifth module, we think about how procedural changes have impacted human rights and civil liberties protections, in particular some of the procedures laid out by the Human Rights Act (1998), before turning in the sixth and final module to consider the potential impact of Brexit on human rights and civil liberties protection in the UK.

Lecturer

Dr Matthew Williams is Access and Career Development Fellow at Jesus College, Oxford. His research focuses on the the language of politics, especially how the language of legislation has changed over the previous century. His recent publications include How Language Works in Politics: The Impact of Vague Legislation on Policy (2018).

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Williams, M. (2020, December 30). UK Politics – Civil Liberties and Human Rights - The Impact of Brexit [Video]. MASSOLIT. https://www.massolit.io/courses/uk-politics-civil-liberties-and-human-rights/the-impact-of-brexit

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Williams, M. "UK Politics – Civil Liberties and Human Rights – The Impact of Brexit." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 30 Dec 2020, https://www.massolit.io/courses/uk-politics-civil-liberties-and-human-rights/the-impact-of-brexit

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