The Constitution Unit


UCL It's All Academic Festival- Brexit, Parliament, and the Constitution

5 October 2019

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The Constitution Unit hosted a talk as part of the 2019 UCL It's All Academic Festival.

Brexit continues to be the central controversy in British politics. Not only has it divided the public, it has brought key aspects of the UK constitutional settlement into doubt. Recent months have been dominated by stories of parliament seeking to "seize control' from the executive, and of a Prime Minister seeking to prorogue parliament to force through a 'no deal' Brexit – even bringing into question the role of the Queen. The Constitution Unit's work has focused on many topics central to the Brexit debates: including the conduct of the 2016 referendum, the prospects for a further referendum or a citizens assembly on Brexit, and the proper place and power of parliament.

This session included a panel of expert commentators reflecting on recent controversies and possible ways forward, followed by audience discussion.

Chair: Lisa James, Constitution Unit Research Assistant 


  • Prof Meg Russell, Director of the Constitution Unit and Professor of British and Comparative Politics UCL
  • Prof Jeff King, Professor of Law at UCL, and a Legal Adviser to the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution
  • Prof Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of the Constitution Unit and Professor of Democratic Politics