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QC (E&W) BL (Irl): public/constitutional law, competition, subsidies, tax, trade. Also political theory/history. Views mine and not those of Monckton Chambers.

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Some background here. https://t.co/zUWw8su12zOur latest live evidence session revealed that damaged relationships and contradictory policies have negatively imp… https://t.co/vqhaV55Bx5
Retweeted by George Peretz QCA key read. https://t.co/ywuOvSgowaAfter the Cummings nonsense, it seems worth saying that there was always a legitimate and honourable case for not w… https://t.co/w4jX8bz2v2
Retweeted by George Peretz QCThe Report of the Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments sounds a little dull. In fact, it's very clearly written… https://t.co/s98psSAa6H
Retweeted by George Peretz QCThat would seem to me to be a far more direct and effective way of dealing with the (now serious) problem than chan… https://t.co/XfxBFnhja3In serious cases that correction should be delivered orally to the HoC by the minister (or PM) concerned: in the sp… https://t.co/7t6EtHnBQsThe process should be done quickly so as to avoid, as far as possible, the matter going stale.There should be (if there isn’t already) a mechanism for reporting factual inaccuracies by the PM and other ministe… https://t.co/Vpkp72bzc7So what to do?But there is a very serious problem if the PM and other ministers are not called out for making clear factual error… https://t.co/rtLozsaw03So I think the discipline of not throwing around accusations of lying is generally a good one: the focus should be… https://t.co/zMNrkHCZFrOne lesson from civil trial advocacy is that it’s generally not worth getting into a debate about whether someone i… https://t.co/ySIRyTBrcNWhat to do about a Prime Minister who persistently says things to Parliament that aren’t true? https://t.co/5spDLaaOQyGlobal Britain struggles to engage business in trade talks. Industry groups say new system designed to consult them… https://t.co/RAa3OUxcoL
Retweeted by George Peretz QCLook to the final result, before deciding if a tactic was a success.Which makes it even more difficult to get changes in the Protocol or easements within it.NB too that the House of Lords refusal to agree the “threat” - which it was pretty obviously going to do, given the… https://t.co/qKtTZ7DE77On @Dominic2306’s “it worked” claim on the Internal Market Bill threat to breach the NI Protocol: remember that the… https://t.co/JHkBL4mMndThe point is - as I suspect @Dominic2306 well knows - that large parts of the NIP are opaque in the sense that the… https://t.co/Bl6yQCYz4y
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7/26
2021
The Judicial Review and Courts Bill has been greeted with sighs of relief. Even called a damp squib. It certainly… https://t.co/y6ceLYtXye
Retweeted by George Peretz QCBefore you’re impressed by this, worth noting that well over 60% of our wine comes from the EU, and that as an EU m… https://t.co/I9K18ltHBq
Retweeted by George Peretz QC… raises issues under the Government Communications Code. https://t.co/6qou0NvuRfI have to say that I think that this … https://t.co/277gtPR4U9Much of this is therefore not so much “saved” as “additional Brexit burden avoided”. (More knowledgeable heads than… https://t.co/e9NHJ1Uzf4Before you’re impressed by this, worth noting that well over 60% of our wine comes from the EU, and that as an EU m… https://t.co/I9K18ltHBqNB that at some point PMs often need to be able to say - to supporters, his MPs, or the public - “just trust me on… https://t.co/rrS7OgHvrR👇I think it’s - depressingly - right (barring something extraordinary, which can’t be ruled out) that the current g… https://t.co/LEZVO1D7PpIt's all well and good hammering Cummings's pathetic attempts to drag his way out from his career death spiral thro… https://t.co/hJwAqtGiuB
Retweeted by George Peretz QC @Guy_Stallard @APHClarkson @Dominic2306 @David_Cameron @DavidGauke That’s part of what I meant by “realised what was at stake”. @APHClarkson @Dominic2306 A more ruthless PM (or one who realised what was at stake) would just have promised to ve… https://t.co/7DiLVvsjLt @APHClarkson @Dominic2306’s disingenuousness about Turkey is also because it was pretty obvious that a number of EU… https://t.co/2qWtSNb8H1I think this is Cummings for “no, it wasn’t opaque.” (an answer, after some obfuscation, to this question).… https://t.co/wHUbPtXAbuThe idea that “NI wd have been a minor part of the negs” with the EU if a Cummings-led government had taken power i… https://t.co/jdQ7wZmdKyQuite. https://t.co/Csc1BgcBGSThe key point here is that any Minister (or SPAD) who didn’t understand what the NIP meant - or thought it was “opa… https://t.co/SwA9efQ4eMDitto the customs provisions (requirements for checks/tariff provisions) - on which no one can better Stephen Weath… https://t.co/QV6zH2LszHUnless you bother to look up Annex 5 (which is the panoply of EU State aid law) and check what the threshold for “a… https://t.co/a8j8APttHUA classic example is Article 10, on State aid. https://t.co/heXCKpgcTYThe point is - as I suspect @Dominic2306 well knows - that large parts of the NIP are opaque in the sense that the… https://t.co/Bl6yQCYz4y
7/25
2021
Mooting. https://t.co/jz8Wp8bnkx
7/24
2021
The publication of the government’s command paper, “Northern Ireland Protocol: The way forward”, confirms, if we ar… https://t.co/QbFoiV16Es
Retweeted by George Peretz QCRegardless of the rights and wrongs of yesterday, or any political allegiance, it’s probably time that proven lyin… https://t.co/pi13pHf8gM
Retweeted by George Peretz QCCharacteristically balanced and perceptive analysis of the Judicial Review clauses of the new #JRCBill (which take… https://t.co/xRUPtHhgaT
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7/23
2021
Just the PM’s former no.2 saying they used secondary legislation so MPs “wouldn’t get excited” (ie wouldn’t notice) https://t.co/oRXxiZtdEp
Retweeted by George Peretz QCExcellent article and thread. https://t.co/s3hFHE8WD4 @AdamWagner1 @SpinningHugo @Ruritanian @MWHoyle19 Or the government raises a tax by an unlawful SI. But isn’t the p… https://t.co/gPaOLvK7HK @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide Wait and see, I think. @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide Or Glasgow: in what sense does the fact that the SNP won 7/7 seats reflect this voting… https://t.co/dwpkuBkPwD @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide I’m afraid I think the claim that “The legislature indeed does reflect the votes cast,… https://t.co/qAKiDmGxTe @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide It rejected a change that hardly anyone actually thought was the best option and wasn’t (any form of) PR. @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide The starting point - in a democracy where all votes should be equal - ought to be that… https://t.co/DzlD8nk6nF @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide But your claim - given that FPTP demonstrably fails to reflect actual votes - largely… https://t.co/ERQqlDUFh5 @davidallengreen @law_and_policy This was interesting, I think. https://t.co/tlpXtBIBuv @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide Now, some of those were pretty stable: the Salisbury and Asquith governments. But *tha… https://t.co/khgig4CAmq @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide Well, I don’t think that that’s a relevant timeframe. But if you want to go there, the… https://t.co/qcXYmFi27E @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide So I just don’t accept “demonstrably less stable”: indeed, the “less stable” claim is demonstrably *false*. @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide The idea that FPTP produces “stable majorities” and PR doesn’t isn’t exactly supported… https://t.co/hbDYyOecn9 @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide That is about to change, I suspect. https://t.co/UzBYbOtFcN @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide That’s a bizarre point. You can have pretty stable coalitions under PR. Indeed, the de… https://t.co/gupJ00uw4jUK negotiating position as I understand it My deal was oven ready The oven was faulty Now it’s half-baked
Retweeted by George Peretz QC @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide It may well be that more constitutional change would follow PR (I think it would): but… https://t.co/9KEg9RQnCa @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide That hasn’t happened in New Zealand, though. Which is a pretty obvious parallel. @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide It also grossly exaggerates divides within England: no Tory MPs from any of the big ci… https://t.co/NcY8pzhU8r @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide It also means that neither the current government nor the Opposition has any Scots in… https://t.co/BdHcIypYwK @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide Defenders of our current constitution also should be alarmed, I think, by the stress F… https://t.co/XrDWHdzzHK @RobertCraig3 @colmocinneide Hard to see that as a description of the Conservative party/subsequent government in 2… https://t.co/fH3464nKL0 @colmocinneide @yuanyi_z I obviously wasn’t pulling out every point in the paper. But Paul deals with Yuan Yi’s poi… https://t.co/xRAkpMAjVB
7/22
2021
Which, if correct, is why the deal has all sorts of dispute resolution mechanisms. https://t.co/Vh62q8dFtI
Retweeted by George Peretz QCMy gut of U.K. plans to rewrite #Brexit deal for Northern Ireland via ⁦⁦@FT⁩ With tks to ⁦@William_Bain⁩ ⁦… https://t.co/I2fKJgYtFJ
Retweeted by George Peretz QCExcellent thread. https://t.co/lJitKT9AxJThe first section - the Govt's take on "how we got here" - is an extraordinary attempt to rewrite history. We are… https://t.co/Dp15ykz4bd
Retweeted by George Peretz QCThe removal of the CJEU from the NI protocol wouldn't end its role anyway: if a dispute about the protocol went to… https://t.co/XtiZxNPAJ0
Retweeted by George Peretz QC @Scott77R That isn’t an impossible conclusion. @Scott77R And in any event what you certainly couldn’t do is take that claim and use it to read down the precise terms of Uber’s contracts. @Scott77R And Uber’s contract with drivers said they weren’t workers. So? @Scott77R NB that AXXIV isn’t “breached” by any of this: if country X reaches an agreement with country Y that some… https://t.co/JA47NThbSO @Scott77R NB that the reason for the insistence in A4 is that the current government was (rightly) concerned that b… https://t.co/KZOIan3m1J @Scott77R But none of that qualifies the precise obligations: rather, it’s a consequence of the precise obligations. @Scott77R In the case of the NIP you can argue (indeed I would argue) that the A4 claim is just wrong. Whether NI i… https://t.co/js4912KtoM @Scott77R Rather, you look at the precise obligations: and you may conclude that )given those obligations) the empl… https://t.co/8zbu43VuMf @Scott77R It’s analogous to a statement in a contract between a company and an individual doing things for it in re… https://t.co/2shFGpToMS @Scott77R I don’t think you can use that claim to interpret away the precise terms of eg A5: my first tweet. Rather… https://t.co/7qtYf4M3Kb @Scott77R What, then, does one make of the claim in A4 that NI is part of the U.K. customs territory? @Scott77R I think your analysis is wrong, but there’s an interesting point there. The precise obligations in the NI… https://t.co/XrTdqUElUvEspecially as it suits the current government to claim that the EU is over-interpreting the NIP rather than seeking… https://t.co/5tNSqB9Vc2But a lot of it is clear and hard-edged. Union Customs Code checks on GB-NI goods. State aid law to apply. EU VAT l… https://t.co/vcfom6SxatThis claim by Cummings needs a bit more analysis and a bit less repetition. The NIP does postpone some things (defi… https://t.co/OoM98SbFRiWhile on the Judicial/Executive Power Project, worth retweeting this thread. https://t.co/M8iLtb9FqBNot clear why the MoJ chose to highlight this less than gushing endorsement. Is it a wink/veiled threat to various… https://t.co/IrTXAGrGgcPretty clear from that that he would have wanted to go much further (and indeed at the end eggs Parliament on to go further).Interesting to note that the MoJ press release chose to highlight this somewhat lukewarm endorsement from Ekins, of… https://t.co/6f0gN2XdxrA discussion between @bricksilk and @JoshuaRozenberg that suggests that clause 1 of the JR and Courts Bill (remedy… https://t.co/SWpd0ztMAK @AntonSpisak @KeohaneDan That assumes that it is an exercise in diplomacy (as opposed to Tory party politics). @Scott77R That would have force if many EU states weren’t fairly obviously much better (and democratically) run than we are.Right, a first reading of Cmnd Paper on NI Protocol tl;dr is tl;dr [sic] https://t.co/NqnUdWSqRP 1/
Retweeted by George Peretz QC @ward39asu 👇 https://t.co/d3xgXaBvNp @MusicJb2606 @PCeee63 You could have an arrangement that allowed us to set higher standards if we wanted to. @TheColourOfHear The EU scheme (with us in it and helping shape it) might then have been different, of course. Counter-factuals are hard.
7/21
2021

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