How long an extension to Article 50 does the UK need?

Despite last-minute additions, Theresa May’s Brexit deal has again been heavily defeated in the Commons. Hence, MPs will need to consider an extension of Article 50. Meg Russell and Alan Renwick argue that for any practical purposes – including renegotiating a deal, or holding a referendum or citizens’ assembly to break the Brexit impasse – the extension previously proposed by the Prime Minister is too … Continue reading How long an extension to Article 50 does the UK need?

How could a second Brexit referendum be triggered?

With ‘exit day’ less than six months away, public debate about a second Brexit vote continues. In this new post on this topic, Jess Sargeant, Alan Renwick and Meg Russell outline the key decision points and processes by which MPs or the government might choose to trigger a second referendum. In our previous blogpost we considered how long it would take to hold a second referendum on Brexit, concluding that … Continue reading How could a second Brexit referendum be triggered?

Is a second referendum on Brexit possible? Seven questions that need to be answered

Two years on from the Brexit vote, the benefits of a second referendum are being hotly debated. In this post, UCL’s Jess Sargeant, Alan Renwick and Meg Russell identify seven questions that should be considered before parliament decides whether a second Brexit referendum will take place. Last week a Sky poll suggested that 50% of the public would favour a three-way referendum on the UK’s future relationship with the … Continue reading Is a second referendum on Brexit possible? Seven questions that need to be answered

Lords Brexit defeats are forcing MPs to face crucial choices

One part of the government’s flagship Brexit legislation is now nearing its parliamentary endpoint after the EU (Withdrawal) Bill completed its report stage in the House of Lords in early May. The UK parliament’s second chamber inflicted 15 government defeats on the bill, which sets out arrangements to facilitate Brexit. It will soon return to the House of Commons for these various issues to be considered. Meg Russell examines some … Continue reading Lords Brexit defeats are forcing MPs to face crucial choices

Managing the new parliament: some challenges for Theresa May’s minority government

The unexpected election result leaves the Conservatives seeking to establish a minority government, with support from the Democratic Unionist Party’s ten MPs. With fewer than half the seats in the House of Commons, and barely more than half when adding the DUP, Theresa May’s new government will face many additional challenges in parliament. UCL Constitution Unit Director Meg Russell explores some of the clearest examples. Following … Continue reading Managing the new parliament: some challenges for Theresa May’s minority government