Q:

Is breaching the Brexit withdrawal agreement a good idea?

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Brexit Senate
The Senate
29 Feb 2020

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  • 0 Yes
  • 0 Unclear
  • 1 No
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  • 29 Feb 2020
  • No

    Very Complex

    "It’s likely that any (alleged) breach of the withdrawal agreement would have political consequences as well as face legal action. Political consequences might include not only reaction from the EU, but reluctance of the US Congress, concerned about the position of Ireland, to agree to the legislation implementing a US/UK trade deal. Which of the two would be most important is hard to guess in advance. It’s also harder to guess the route that the political aspects of the dispute would take, as compared to the legal route, which in principle follows a set of rules laid down in advance. Also the two routes will overlap: as discussed below, there’s political discretion as to whether and how to pursue legal proceedings." Per Professor Steve Peers, University of Essex in his discussion at the attached link.

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    Rachel Amos
    The Senate