The Constitution Unit


What does the new Prime Minister mean for the constitution?

23 November 2022: What does the Prime Minister mean for the constitution?

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Rishi Sunak’s agenda for government will inevitably be focused on the UK’s economic woes. However, Sunak also faces important questions about constitutional change. How might he approach his predecessors’ legislative proposals relating to the Northern Ireland Protocol, retained EU law, and human rights? How will he deliver on his pledge to prioritise integrity, professionalism, and accountability? Will his approach to the civil service differ from that of Boris Johnson or Liz Truss? This expert panel will provide a constitutional stock-take at the start of the Sunak premiership.


Jill Rutter is a Senior Research Fellow at UK in a Changing Europe and a Senior Fellow at the Institute for Government.

Dr Ruth Fox is the Director of the Hansard Society.

Professor Colm O’Cinneide is Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law at University College London.

Chair: Professor Meg Russell, Director of the Constitution Unit