The process: Brexit and the anatomy of article 50

Paul Craig

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The chapter offers a holistic legal analysis of the treaty provision regulating withdrawal from the EU. Craig examines Article 50 TEU and maintains that the process of exit from the EU should be divided into three stages, each of which raises major substantive and procedural questions. Stage 1 is the triggering of Article 50 TEU. Stage 2 concerns the withdrawal negotiations, and stage 3 relates to the outcome of the negotiations. As Craig explains, each stage poses specific challenges both for the EU and for the UK, and there are legal questions that have been-and will have to be-answered along the way. According to Craig, however, politics will heavily shape the law, with both the EU and the UK seeking to leverage specific legal argument in support of their preferred bargaining position.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Law and Politics of Brexit
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages21
ISBN (Electronic)9780198811763
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017


  • Brexit
  • Courts
  • EU treaties
  • Government
  • Law
  • Notification
  • Parliament
  • Process
  • UK constitution
  • Withdrawal

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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