It's Brexit... So What Now for Parliament?

18 Jul 2016
The EU flag in the foreground and Big Ben in the background during a protest in Parliament Square, Westinster

What does the decision to leave the EU mean for Parliament? What role will MPs and Peers want in relation to the exit negotiations and what will it mean for the legislative and scrutiny process?

Paul EvansClerk of the Journals, House of Commons

Seema Malhotra MPMember for Feltham and Heston

Professor the Lord Norton of LouthMember of the House of Lords Constitution Committee and Professor of Government and Director of the Centre for Legislative Studies, University of Hull

At this event, involving leading parliamentary and constitutional experts, we will be debating the key questions now facing Parliament over the next few years:

  • What reforms – in the Chamber and Committees – might be needed to ensure the scrutiny process is fit for purpose to deal with the scale of the challenge ahead?

  • Should there be a move towards greater joint working with the House of Lords? What are the pros and cons of this approach?

  • Do we need a super-committee, for example modelled on the Banking Commission inquiry?

  • Given the volume of legislation and regulation that will need to be sorted out, how might this be done most effectively?

  • Does Parliament have sufficient capacity and expertise to support MPs and Peers and if not, what might be needed?

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