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UK post-Brexit trade agreements and devolution

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  28 June 2019

Billy A Melo Araujo*
School of Law, Queen's University, Belfast, UK


This paper examines the role to be played by the devolved administrations in the negotiation, conclusion and implementation of trade agreements concluded by the UK post-Brexit. By examining, from a comparative perspective, examples of collaborative frameworks between sub-national entities and central governments established in federal jurisdictions, it proposes a significant reform of existing inter-governmental cooperation mechanisms to ensure that the devolved administrations are given a meaningful voice in the shaping of future trade agreements.

Research Article
Legal Studies , Volume 39 , Issue 4 , December 2019 , pp. 555 - 578
Copyright © The Society of Legal Scholars 2019 

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I would like to thank Gordon Anthony, John Morison and Ohio Omiunu for comments on previous drafts. Any errors and omissions remain my own.


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