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Parliament and Brexit

Reports & Briefings

The Brexit process revealed many things. Not least, it taught us a lot about Parliament’s somewhat contested place in our system of government. Throughout the Article 50 period the House of Commons in particular wielded significant influence over a minority government – so much so that Theresa May was moved to criticise Parliament in a live address to the British people.

So what have we learned? And where does Parliament go from here?

This report draws on the expertise of some of the leading scholars in the field. They’ve been asked to explore the role that Parliament has played to date on Brexit, as well as the challenges and opportunities that Parliament is likely to face during phase two of the UK-EU negotiations.

I’d like to express my heartfelt thanks to Tim Bale, Adam Cygan and Meg Russell (very ably assisted by Lisa James) for pulling this report together. It is they who have marshalled the various contributors and ensured that what follows is of the highest possible standard.

I’d also like to thank the contributors for responding enthusiastically and efficiently to comments, suggestions and edits. Finally, thanks also go to Navjyot Lehl, who has coordinated the whole process and managed the design of the report with her customary professionalism and good humour.

The report that follows makes an important and original contribution on an extremely important topic. I hope you find it both interesting and enlightening.

Professor Anand Menon, Director, The UK in a Changing Europe

Parliament-and-Brexit-report.pdf (1.65 MB, application/pdf)