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Internal market governance by consensus rather than conflict? Common frameworks and the potential for positive harmonisation

Horsley, Thomas and Hunt, Joanne ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1646-6158 2023. Internal market governance by consensus rather than conflict? Common frameworks and the potential for positive harmonisation. Northern Ireland Legal Quarterly
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Abstract

This article connects theories of positive and negative harmonisation with perspectives on self- and shared rule to examine emerging approaches to managing domestic (i.e. intra-UK) trade post-Brexit. Our particular focus is on a new tool of governance: the Common Frameworks – a consensus-based collaborative intergovernmental approach to policymaking in areas of devolved competence previously falling within the scope of the EU Treaties. We explore the potential of the Frameworks as instruments of positive harmonisation with reference to emerging practice and consider their relationship with the United Kingdom Internal Market Act 2020. Our analysis unmasks internal market governance post-Brexit as a contested space, reflecting deepening divisions between the UK and devolved governments regarding self- and shared rule under the UK’s territorial constitution. We identify three key drivers of contestation: a lack of consensus on the UK internal market as a regulatory object; changes in political context; and enduring structural and attitudinal imbalances favouring political control from the centre.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: In Press
Schools: Law
Cardiff Law & Politics
Subjects: K Law > KD England and Wales
Publisher: School of Law
ISSN: 0029-3105
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 15 November 2023
Date of Acceptance: 2 October 2023
Last Modified: 17 Nov 2023 20:23
URI: https://orca.cardiff.ac.uk/id/eprint/163929

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