Parliament and Brexit

Following the UK’s departure from the European Union on 31 January 2020, the UK in a Changing Europe invite you to a full day conference on Parliament and Brexit. The event will assemble leading politicians, experts, academics and journalists to reflect on the role Parliament played in Brexit between 2016 and 2019 and its role in UK’s future relationship with the European Union.

You are invited to join us to discuss these questions and many more with these speakers:

9.30am – 10.30am Looking back at parliamentary scrutiny of the Brexit process

  • Professor Adam Cygan, University of Leicester
  • Dr Sarah Wollaston, former MP for Totnes
  • Sir William Cash, Conservative MP for Stone
  • Dr Ruth Fox, Director and Head of Research, Hansard Society
  • Chair: Susan Hulme, Parliamentary Correspondent, BBC

10.30am – 11.30am Parliament and scrutiny in the next stages

  • Dr Richard Whitaker, University of Leicester
  • Lord Jay of Ewelme, Crossbench Life peer
  • Angus Brendan MacNeil, Scottish National Party MP for Na h-Eileanan an Iar
  • Baroness Smith of Basildon, Shadow Leader of the House of Lords and Labour Life peer
  • Chair: Mark d’Arcy, Parliamentary Correspondent, BBC

11.30am – 12pm Refreshments break

12pm – 12.45pm Parliament and sketch writing

  • Michael Deacon, Political sketchwriter, The Daily Telegraph
  • Tom Peck, Political sketch writer, The Independent
  • John Crace, Parliamentary sketch writer, The Guardian
  • Chair: Jill Rutter, senior research fellow of The UK in a Changing Europe

12.45pm – 1.45pm Lunch

1.45pm – 2.45pm The impact of Brexit on the parliamentary parties

  • Dr Philip Lynch, University of Leicester
  • Margot James, former Conservative MP for Stourbridge
  • Stephen Kinnock, Labour MP for Aberavon
  • Liz Saville Roberts, Plaid Cymru MP for Dwyfor Meirionnydd
  • Chair: Matt Chorley, Editor of The Times’ Red Box

2.45pm – 3.15pm Refreshments break

3.15pm – 4pm Keynote speech

  • John Bercow, former Speaker for the House of Commons and Conservative MP for Buckingham
  • Chair: Professor Anand Menon, director of The UK in a Changing Europe

4pm – 5pm The place of Parliament in the Constitution

  • Professor Meg Russell, Director of University College London’s Constitution Unit
  • Lord Norton of Louth, Conservative Life peer
  • Joanna Cherry QC, Scottish National Party MP for Edinburgh South West
  • Sir Bernard Jenkin, Conservative MP for Harwich and North Essex
  • Chair: Rachel Sylvester, Political Columnist at The Times

More speakers to be announced.

Venue: Queen Elizabeth II Centre, Broad Sanctuary, London SW1P 3EE

Register here.

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