The Constitution Unit


Brexit, Parliament and the Constitution

Brexit, Parliament and the Constitution
The Fellowship will comprise two main elements: first, working alongside the UKICE team to facilitate events and commentary on key constitutional topics surrounding Brexit, and second, detailed research and publications on Brexit and parliament. The research part of the project is anticipated as having three strands:
  • First, the relationship and tensions between principles of direct and representative democracy in the UK constitution.
  • Second, the extent and shape of parliament’s influence over the Brexit process.
  • Third, what the Brexit process has told us about the need for possible future parliamentary reforms.

This work will build on various past work conducted by Meg Russell, including the Independent Commission on Referendums, her work on the policy impact of the Westminster parliament, and various projects on parliamentary reform, including the project on parliament’s control of its own agenda that helped lay the groundwork for the 2009 recommendations by the ‘Wright committee’.