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Much of the Constitutuion 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. The Unit also features regularly in media coverage of Brexit, commenting particularly on how Brexit is playing out in parliament and on the prospects of a further referendum. Our work has been cited in multiple news stories and opinion pieces. To view our recent contributions click here

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The Mechanics of a Further Referendum on Brexit

A report and series of blogposts examining whether a further Brexit referendum is feasible, how it might be triggered, what the question could be, how it should be regulated, and when it could take place. We concluded that the process would take at minimum 22 weeks. 

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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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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. 

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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.