The stage is set for the Euro-drama of our time. We know that giving effect to the UK's vote for Brexit could require as many as four sets of distinct but closely linked negotiations, or...01 August 2016
Government Publishes New Consultation Principles
Although neither the Code nor the Principles are legally binding statements, the Code arguably provided clear guidance on the requirements of a valid consultation process for the benefit of both public authorities and potential stakeholders. The Principles seek to introduce a far greater degree of flexibility in how, when and who to consult. For example, whereas the Code suggested that consultations should normally last 12 weeks, the Principles notes that any consultation period between 2 and 12 weeks may be acceptable in the circumstances. The Principles do not, however derogate from the general requirements for consultation derived through case law nor specific statutory obligations to consult.
The new May Government has now been fully established and has begun getting to work. Judging by last week's notable developments, foreign affairs is top of the agenda.Brexit diplomacy:... 25 July 2016