The Constitution Unit


The UK and Europe


Much of the Constitution Unit's recent work concerns the relationship between the UK and Europe. We conducted our own citizens' assembly on Brexit in 2017 in collaboration with Involve and considered the mechanics of a further referendum in a report published in 2018. Unit research on this matter has been cited in multiple news stories and opinion pieces, with a particular focus on how the Brexit process played out in parliament at the time.


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Brexit, Parliament and the Constitution

Meg Russell's 3-year Fellowship through the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe programme, including commentary and events on key topics and a programme of detailed research on Brexit and parliament.

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The Mechanics of a Further Referendum on Brexit

A series of reports and blogposts which examined whether a further Brexit referendum was feasible, how it might have been triggered, what the question could have been, how it should have been regulated, and when it could have taken place.

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Citizens' Assembly on Brexit 

The Constitution Unit lead a team that hosted the Citizens' Assembly on Brexit, held in September 2017. As part of the UK in a Changing Europe initiative, it brought together citizens to engage in detailed, reflective and informed discussions about what the UK's post-Brexit relations with the EU should be. 

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UCL Brexit Hub

The UCL European Institute has launched the UCL Brexit Hub, a single portal for research, information and analysis on Brexit from across UCL. The site draws together contributions from the university's diverse array of departments and institutes to offer a comprehensive understanding of Brexit.

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Brexit Referendum Briefings and Seminars

In the run up to the 2016 referendum, the Constitution Unit ran a series of seminars in partnership with the UK in a Changing Europe. The seminars brought together leading practitioners and academics from the UK and around Europe to debate the issues. The briefing papers drew on the seminars and other materials to sum up current expert opinion on each issue.

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The Process of Brexit

Withdrawal from the EU raises profound questions about the relation between parliamentary and popular sovereignty. It will make relations among the UK's nations more complex and has the potential to precipitate the end of the union in its present form. It will stretch the resources of Whitehall and challenge the relationship between government and parliament.