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Brexit: the Endgame

This autumn is crunchpoint for Brexit. The government has to tread a difficult line between the EU, Westminster and its own backbenchers. A new report from The UK in a Changing Europe and the Bingham School of Law charts the way, and at this seminar the authors will explain the many institutional and political hurdles.

Starts: Sep 27, 2018 6:00:00 PM

Citizens’ Assemblies: How can the UK learn from Ireland?

Citizens’ assemblies are gaining increasing attention as ways of invigorating the democratic process and enabling informed public discussion of major policy questions.   The UK’s first official body of this kind – the Citizens’ Assembly on Social Care – met in the spring.  The country with most experience of citizens’ assemblies is Ireland.  The Irish Constitutional Convention of 2012–14 led to the 2015 referendum on same-sex marriage.  More recently, the Irish Citizens’ Assembly paved the way for this year’s referendum on abortion.  Supporters of such exercises argue that they allow much deeper and more effective public participation in policy-making than either traditional consultations or standalone referendums.  Detractors worry about whether they are sufficiently representative and about how they interact with the rest of the democratic process.  At this seminar, two of Ireland’s leading experts on citizens’ assemblies will reflect on Irish experience and draw out potential lessons for the UK.

Starts: Oct 15, 2018 6:15:00 PM

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Could Article 50 be extended to allow for a second Brexit referendum?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

With increasing speculation about a possible second referendum on Brexit, this is the fifth in a series of posts about the practicalities of such a poll. With ‘exit day’ set for 29 March 2019, Jess Sargeant, Alan Renwick and Meg Russell ask whether the Article 50 period could be extended to allow a referendum to […]

If there’s a second referendum on Brexit, what question should be put to voters?

Thursday, 13 September 2018

In the fourth in a series of posts on the mechanics of a possible second referendum on Brexit, Jess Sargeant, Alan Renwick and Meg Russell consider what question should be asked. This would be crucial for any vote to command legitimacy. Various models have been proposed, but some are far more credible than others in the current context. […]

Brexit and the territorial constitution: déjà vu all over again?

Tuesday, 11 September 2018

Brexit has led to conflict between Westminster and the devolved administrations, with the UK Attorney General recently going as far as referring the Welsh and Scottish Continuity bills to the UK Supreme Court. Here Daniel Wincott argues that the Brexit process has highlighted the flaws in the UK’s systems of intergovernmental relations and that action is needed […]

How could a second Brexit referendum be triggered?

Friday, 07 September 2018

With ‘exit day’ less than six months away, public debate about a second Brexit vote continues. In the third of a series of posts on this topic, Jess Sargeant, Alan Renwick and Meg Russell outline the key decision points and processes by which MPs or the government might choose to trigger a second referendum In […]

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