The Constitution Unit


Brexit and the Constitution

15 July 2019

This full-day event brought together experts, academics and politicians to consider the implications of Brexit for the constitution. The event was co-badged with the UK in a Changing Europe and the Hansard Society.

Keynote: Bernard Jenkin MP

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 Panel 1: Central government and public bodies

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  • Nicky Morgan MP
  • Lord Gus O'Donnell, former Cabinet Secretary
  • Jill Rutter, Institute for Government 

Chair: James Blitz, Financial Times

Panel 2: Devolution and Union 

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  • Lord Bew, Queen's University Belfast
  • Philip Rycroft, former Head of UK Governance Group, Cabinet Office
  • Prof Nicola McEwen, University of Edinburugh and Centre for Constitutional Change
  • Prof Laura McAllister, Cardiff University

Chair: Tony Travers, LSE 

Panel 3: What kind of democracy: representative, direct, deliberative?

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  • Lisa Nandy MP
  • Lord Norton, University of Hull
  • Gisela Stuart, Change Britain
  • Professor Meg Russell, UCL Constitution Unit

Chair: Lewis Goodall, Sky News

Panel 4: Parliament and the courts 

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  • Dominic Grieve MP
  • Professor Catherine Barnard, University of Cambridge
  • Sir Stephen Laws, Policy Exchange and former First Parliamentary counsel
  • Lord Jonathan Sumption, former Supreme Court justice 

Chair: Catherine Baksi, legal commentator