In 2014, Peregrine Law’s corporate paralegal, Chris Toh, chose as his final year dissertation (when an undergraduate law student at Leeds Uni) “Article 50: Assessing the new right of unilateral withdrawal from the European Union, with a case study of the UK”.
Did he know something then that a lot of the rest of us didn’t?
Chris chose the subject because he was intrigued by David Cameron’s 2013 Bloomberg speech when the then-Prime Minister made an unprecedented pledge of a EU membership referendum should the Conservatives win the next election.
The piece obtained a 77% first class mark.
His conclusions in 2014 were:
- Brexit has been a long time coming. The UK had long adopted a Eurosceptic stance and its initial accession to the European Union was a marriage of convenience.
- The UK would not be given access to the Single Market without also having to be bound by a number of other existing EU rules.
- Assuming that Article 50 could be successfully triggered, the ‘divorce’ agreement between the UK and EU would need to address an incredibly complex range of issues