On and Off UK-EU Divergence

Biedermann, Ferry (2022) On and Off UK-EU Divergence. Birmingham City University, Centre for Brexit Studies Blog.

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Last week marked a further drifting apart of the EU and the UK, albeit in a way that should gladden the heart of those who advocate transparency and accountability. In a move that was at least in part aimed against British regulations that have made London the ‘libel capital of the world’, the EU introduced legislation to limit Slapps, strategic lawsuits against public participation. Such cases are often brought by wealthy individuals or companies against journalists, media organisations and NGO’s that publish stories and reports that are unfavourable to them. The lawsuits have a chilling effect on public debate and the ability of journalists to do their work. The proposed EU legislation specifically allows courts to ignore judgments from non-EU countries, i.e. the UK, where many of such cases are brought.

Item Type: Other
2 May 2022Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: Centre for Brexit Studies, CBS, Brexit, BCU, EU, European Union, UK, Birmingham City University, UK Government, UK politics
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-03 - politics > CAH15-03-01 - politics
Divisions: Research, Innovation, Enterprise and Professional Services > Centre for Brexit Studies
Depositing User: Alex De Ruyter
Date Deposited: 03 May 2022 13:57
Last Modified: 03 May 2022 13:57
URI: https://www.open-access.bcu.ac.uk/id/eprint/13201

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