The Constitution Unit


Brexit, Parliament and the Constitution

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This project is funded through Constitution Unit Director Meg Russell's Senior Fellowship with the ESRC-funded UK in a Changing Europe (UKICE) programme, which runs for three years, from June 2019 to May 2022. Meg is one of nine such Senior Fellows focused on a variety of Brexit-related fields.

Commentary and Events

The Fellowship comprises two main elements. The first is to work alongside the UKICE team to facilitate events and commentary on key topics around the broad topic of ‘Brexit, Parliament and the Constitution’. Recent examples include:

Meg Russell has also authored or co-authored numerous posts on the Constitution Unit blog and UK in a Changing Europe website relating to these topics.

Research and Publications

The second part of the project will comprise detailed research and publications focussed on Brexit and parliament. The publications for this project to date are:

The research will result in various outputs, including blogposts, academic journal articles, reports and a likely book. It is anticipated that the outputs will address three main topics:

  • The relationship and tensions between principles of direct and representative democracy in the UK constitution.
  • The extent and shape of parliament’s influence over the Brexit process.
  • 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’.

The project is led by Professor Meg Russell, with Lisa James as Research Assistant.
Timetable: June 2019 - May 2022

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This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council’s The UK in a Changing Europe initiative.

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