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Trade has moved on: now the UK constitution must follow

Parliament should have a greater role in negotiations with Europe and third countries

By George Peretz  

It is now commonplace to observe that Brexit is putting the UK constitution under unbearable strain. One of the most obvious ways that it is doing so is by calling into question the allocation of powers between the Crown and parliament when it comes to dealing with the EU and, in due course, with other countries with which the UK will need to negotiate trade agreements after Brexit.

The traditional British model of making and implementing treaties is that they are negotiated and entered into by the Crown (i.e. the…

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