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Οι δικαστές του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου και η Ευρωπαϊκή Ενοποίηση

Birkinshaw, Patrick


Patrick Birkinshaw


The British, specifically the English, are widely regarded as awkward partners in the European project. Much of the criticism against Europe has come from anti-European integration politicians. Now that the outcome of the 2015 general election for the United Kingdom Parliament is known the UK will face a referendum by 2017 on exit (Brexit) from the European Union. The date of the referendum is now fixed for 23 June 2016. The Conservative Party is also anxious to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights. Criticism of European influence on our law has also surfaced among senior judges but in a far more principled way than among politicians. In this article the author analyses the attitude of senior judges towards European law and integration. The judicial desire to establish UK constitutional space in the relationship with EU law has accompanied the emergence of a constitutional jurisprudence shaping the UK’s modern unwritten constitution. Our constitution has become far more judicialised. Despite the criticism witnessed in recent case law, the UK judges are constructive and cooperative in our legal relationship with Europe.


Birkinshaw, P. (2016). Οι δικαστές του Ηνωμένου Βασιλείου και η Ευρωπαϊκή Ενοποίηση.

Publication Date 2016
Deposit Date Jun 14, 2016
Publicly Available Date Dec 31, 2016
Journal Το Σύνταγμα
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 1
Pages 141-170
Keywords European public law
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Additional Information This is an offprint of an article accepted for publication in Το Σύνταγμα, 2016, v.1. This is the Greek translation of the article at
Contract Date Jun 14, 2016


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