The Constitution Unit


Parliament and Brexit: an end of term report

22 July 2019, 1:00 pm–2:30 pm

Brexit and parliament

This event is free.

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Edd Rowe


Gustave Tuck Lecture Theatre
2nd floor Wilkins Building
Gower Street
United Kingdom

Note due to popular demand this event has been moved to a larger room - further tickets have been released.

Parliament has been central to political controversy over Brexit. MPs rejected Prime Minister Theresa May’s EU withdrawal agreement three times, and procedural innovations included their taking control of the Commons agenda to force 'indicative votes' on the Brexit options, and eventually to pass legislation against the government’s wishes. Brexit has also dominated other parliamentary activities, including committee inquiries, scrutiny of bills and numerous statutory instruments. As parliament prepares to break up for the summer recess, this event looks back at how it has handled Brexit so far, and what might happen next. Key questions include whether procedures have been used appropriately, what recent events tell us about parliament's power over government, and what the effect has been on public perceptions of both.

This event launches a new Senior Fellowship awarded by the UK in a Changing Europe initiative to Professor Meg Russell, Director of the Constitution Unit. For further information, see here.


  • The Rt. Hon. Hilary Benn MP, Chair of the Committee on Exiting the European Union
  • Professor Meg Russell, Director of the Constitution Unit
  • Chris White, Managing Director, Public Affairs, Newington Communications and former Special Adviser to Conservative Leaders of the House of Commons and the Government Chief Whip  
  • Dr Brigid Fowler, Senior Researcher, Hansard Society
  • Chair - Dr Daniel Gover, Research Fellow, Constitution Unit and Lecturer in British Politics, Queen Mary University of London