The Constitution Unit


Constitution Unit

The Constitution Unit conducts timely, rigorous, independent research into constitutional change and the reform of political institutions. Our research has significant real-world impact, informing policy-makers engaged in such changes - both in the United Kingdom and around the world.

Recent Publications

The Mechanics of a Further Referendum on Brexit Revisited

The Mechanics of a Further Referendum on Brexit Revisited: Questions for the New Parliament

Proposals for a further public vote on Brexit lie at the heart of many parties' general election manifestos. This report asks how a further referendum might come about, and examines the key choices which referendum advocates in parliament would face.

A Northern Ireland Border Poll - Report Cover

A Northern Ireland Border Poll

The prospect of a poll in Northern Ireland about Irish unification is now widely discussed. The report - which acts as a background to a BA funded project - outlines the current state of opinion on a border poll, and the provision in law and the Agreement.


McDougall Report Cover 3000x4950

Doing Democracy Better

Research into how we can improve the quality of information that is available to citizens during election and referendum campaigns and help foster lively, inclusive, and thoughtful debate on the issues that matter to people.