Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process

Lead Research Organisation: University of Leicester
Department Name: Faculty of Law

Abstract

The 2016 referendum vote for Brexit is already having a significant effect on British political parties and the UK Parliament. It is reshaping the divisions within and between political parties, impacting upon the strategies adopted by parties and individual MPs, and requiring Parliament to adapt its structures and procedures as the Brexit process becomes a critical area of its activity. The proposed project brings together experts drawn from the fields of law and political science, who will work with the Industry and Parliament Trust to inform their research and ensure dialogue with policymakers and the business community.
The project combines analysis of the importance of institutions (e.g. parliamentary procedures and structures), and legislative and regulatory norms with an examination of the motivations and behaviour of political parties, individual MPs and the government. These are linked because internal party divisions, cross-party alliances and the differing preferences of MPs on Brexit will affect how - and how well - Parliament scrutinises the process of leaving the EU.
The purpose of this project is:
(1) To enhance understanding of how the Brexit vote has affected UK party politics, including divisions within and between parties, the positions and preferences of MPs, party positions in Parliament and party competition on EU issues. We will collect and analyse data on the positions on the EU issue adopted by parties and MPs since 2010, assessing how divisions within parties are changing and whether new patterns of cross-party cooperation are emerging.
(2) To develop knowledge of how Parliament has responded to Brexit in terms of its structures and procedures, and how effective this response has been. We will examine the work of the new Exiting the EU select committee, the European Scrutiny Committee and other departmental select committees, collecting data on and assessing divisions and cooperation within and across these bodies.
(3) To identify those areas of policy that have been most subject to conflict between and within parties and are most likely to change once the UK has left the EU. After Brexit, the UK Parliament will exercise regulatory control over a range of policy areas (e.g. environmental protection, farming, employment rights) which have hitherto been legislated for at the EU level. Parliament will make choices about how, and under what principles it wishes to legislate. We assess the extent to which MPs seek to formulate UK versions of existing EU legislation or continue to broadly adopt EU norms and standards. Our research on whether MPs behave according to traditional party affiliations, or new cross-party alliances and intra-party disputes emerge will also help to explain what factors shape the post-Brexit legislative agenda.
(4) To address the needs of key stakeholders by working with our impact partner the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) to: (a) better understand the interests and concerns of business and industry stakeholders regarding the Brexit process and the changes that Brexit is likely to bring to their activities; (b) foster effective dialogue between business and industry stakeholders and MPs, notably through a series of seminars and workshops; and (c) provide business and industry stakeholders with clear guidance and analysis of the role and activity of Parliament and MPs in the Brexit process.
(5) To maximise user engagement and public understanding by working with the Director of the ERSC UK in a Changing Europe Programme and other projects within it to: (a) synthesise and develop research on parties, Parliament and the transfer of competences; (b) disseminate our research findings to a range of stakeholders and the general public in an easily-accessible form through a variety of forums; and (c) lay the foundations for future research on the impact of Brexit.

Planned Impact

The research project, which examines the challenges facing Parliament in the delivery of Brexit, will be of benefit to policy-makers, MPs, the business community and other interested stakeholders such as NGOs and charities. In summary:
- Policymakers and MPs will be able to obtain a better understanding of the impact of Brexit and its legislative and regulatory changes upon a diverse range of stakeholders and actors.
- The business community will be able to express specific concerns relating to future regulation of their sector and the consequences this may have e.g. the consequences of whether a 'hard' or 'soft' Brexit is pursued.
- NGOs and charities will be able to better assess the impact that Brexit will have on their ability to cooperate with other similar international actors and to influence the policy and legislative agenda.
The impact of this research on each of these beneficiaries will be as follows:
- Political and societal impact on policy makers and MPs. They will benefit from a normative, theoretical and legally substantive underpinning of their daily work. Our findings will provide for assistance to those who directly participate in the design of the parliamentary Brexit process. Policy makers and MPs will be part of the seminars and workshops organised with our impact partner, the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT). Policymakers and MPs, together with specialist academic contributors will be invited to all our events and they will learn of our research findings through reports that are disseminated following each event. Furthermore, the project's website will contain information on our research findings from which they may benefit.
- The business community will benefit from our research because it will help them shape their response to Brexit and provide business with a better understanding of the procedural aspects of Brexit and how Brexit will affect regulatory governance of their economic sector. As the government's approach and objectives of Brexit becomes clearer throughout the duration of the project, we will be able to engage with business, through the forum of events organised with the IPT to provide a coherent analysis and explanation of what impact Brexit may have.
- Similarly, NGOs and charities will be invited to participate in IPT events and this will afford a broader societal consideration of the impact of Brexit that goes beyond Parliament and business. In the light of the importance of the voluntary sector in the UK to deliver a range of social services and the support which many organisations currently receive from the EU, engagement with this group of stakeholders will be important in order for them to have a better understanding of Brexit and how they should respond.
- More broadly the societal impact will embrace engagement with journalists and the media which will help to raise public awareness and provide a better understanding of the consequences of Brexit.
All beneficiaries will benefit from the broad open access dissemination of our findings through the project website and also through research findings and documents being made available through the UK in Changing Europe Programme website.
 
Title Conservative MPs and the EU Referendum 
Description Data on how Conservative MPs voted in the UK's EU referendum along with information about their voting behaviour in Parliament and some information about their constituencies. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The data formed the basis of an article published in the journal British Politics, on Conservative MPs and the Brexit process. 
URL https://parlbrexit.co.uk/data/
 
Description Industry and Parliament Trust Impact Partner 
Organisation Industry and Parliament Trust
PI Contribution We are working with the Industry and Parliament Trust (IPT) to organise 6 seminars and 4 workshops throughout the duration of the project. Working with the IPT we have designed seminars that reflect key legislative, economic, and social policy priorities that arise from Brexit. The research team have contributed to the seminars through the presentation of initial research findings and we have also arranged for expert academic speakers to participate at these seminars. To date, we have organised the following seminars: The Future of the UK and EU Trade and Customs Relationship Post Brexit (1 November 2017); Brexit and Climate Change Policy (5 December 2017); Achieving EU Data Protection Equivalence: Protecting Cross-Border Trade (24 January 2018). Following the seminar Professor Cygan produces a blog post which is available on both the Industry and Parliament Trust website and on the Parties, parliament and the Brexit Process project website which provides commentary and analysis of the discussions that have taken place. The objective of the blog posts is to provide to our target stakeholder group of MPs, and end users in business and industry an accessible commentary and analysis of the key political, policy and legal issues which were debated at the seminar.
Collaborator Contribution Our two key groups of stakeholders for this project are MPs who will deliver Brexit and end users in business and industry who will respond to the changes that Brexit will bring about. This stakeholder engagement will enable us to begin to evaluate the immediate effect of Brexit on the UK Parliament and what priorities it has for the period of the Brexit negotiation which coincide with the duration of the project. In order to gain the best possible access to these stakeholders throughout the project we will be working with our research and impact partner, the IPT. The IPT is an independent, non-partisan charity embedded into Parliament that provides unique platforms of engagement between Parliament and UK business. The Trust is based in Westminster and is supported by a cross-party representation of senior parliamentarians in its governance,and through the patronage of its industry supporters. Working with the IPT offers a structured but flexible partnership and collaboration through which we are be able to reach out to MPs industry and business stakeholders. This collaboration through the research seminars provides the research team with quantitative and qualitative research data which form part of project outputs.
Impact OUTCOME 1. Seminar: 1 November 2017 - The Future of the UK and EU's Trade and Customs Relationship Post-Brexit. On Wednesday 1 November 2017, the Industry and Parliament Trust, in partnership with the University of Leicester hosted a Breakfast Meeting that considered 'The Future of the UK and EU's Trade and Customs Relationship Post-Brexit'. Held in the House of Commons this event was chaired by Angus MacNeil MP, Chair, Select Committee for International Trade. Providing their expert knowledge were guest speakers Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chamber of Commerce and James Selka, Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturing Technologies Association. The discussion was attended by Members from both the House of Commons and House of Lords, alongside representatives from a wide variety of sectors from business and industry. OUTCOME 2. Seminar: The Future of Climate Change Post Brexit - On Tuesday 5 December 2017, the Industry and Parliament Trust, in partnership with the University of Leicester hosted a Breakfast Meeting that considered 'The Future of Climate Change Post-Brexit'. Held in the House of Commons this event was chaired by Angela Smith MP a member of the Select Committee on Environment, Trade and Rural Affairs. Providing their expert knowledge were guest speakers Professor Charlotte Burns from the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Dr Rebecca Heaton, Head of Sustainability and Policy at the Drax Group. The discussion was attended by Members from both the House of Commons and House of Lords, alongside representatives from a wide variety of sectors from business and industry. OUTCOME 3. Seminar Achieving EU Data Protection Equivalence: Protecting Cross-Border Trade. On Tuesday 24 January 2018, the Industry and Parliament Trust, in partnership with the University of Leicester hosted a Breakfast Meeting that considered 'Achieving EU Data Protection Equivalence: Protecting Cross-Border Trade'. Held in the House of Commons this event was chaired by Vicky Ford MP a member of the Select Committee on Science and Texchnology. Providing their expert knowledge were guest speakers Giles Derrington, Head of Policy, Exiting the European Union, techUK and Matt Houlihan, Director, Government and Corporate Affairs, UK and Ireland, Cisco. The discussion was attended by Members from both the House of Commons and House of Lords, alongside representatives from a wide variety of sectors from business and industry. OUTPUT 1. Blog Post : 'The Future of the UK and EU Trade and Customs Relationship Post Brexit' - This collaboration is multi-disciplinary employing political science and law in context analysis. Firstly, a law in context analysis is used to consider the likely effects of regulatory changes to UK trade and customs policy post Brexit and what legislative opportunities are available to the UK Parliament to address these changes. Secondly, a political science analysis is used to consider the parliamentary process and challenges that exist and what impact these may have on the shape of the final legislative outcome. OUTPUT 2. Blog Post : 'The Future of Climate Change Post Brexit' - This collaboration is multi-disciplinary. Firstly, a political science analysis is used to consider the policy implications of Brexit on climate change policy in the UK. Secondly, a law in context analysis is used to consider potential legislative and regulatory responses to climate change and how Parliament may address these. OUTPUT 3. Blog post - 'Achieving EU Data Protection Equivalence: Protecting Cross-Border Trade'. This collaboration is not disciplinary utilising a law in context methodology which explores the legal and regulatory issues surrounding data protection in the UK post Brexit and focuses on the fundamental question of regulatory alignment or divergence and what this will mean for the UK.
Start Year 2017
 
Description Panel Debate On Brexit and UK Politics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact The event was a panel debate that took place at Leicester Grammar School on 8 March 2018 was attended by professor Adam Cygan. In addition, Included on the panel were an Neil O'Brien (MP for Market Harborough), Alex Wild (Taxpayers Alliance), Madeleine Kay (Social Activist) and Simran Sanghera (UK Youth Parliament). The audience consisted predominately of 15-18 year olds.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Academic workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presenting initial research design for the project to a workshop of specialist political scientists under the title, 'Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process: A Research Agenda', Workshop on Euroscepticism and EU Politicisation in Times of Crisis, University of York, 17 May 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Brexit and Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact This event brought together the University of Leicester research team and James Rhys, Clerk at the Exiting the EU Select Committee on the parliamentary response to Brexit. The event brought together over 50 undergraduate and postgraduate students and academic staff from across the University of Leicester.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ESRC 'and Social Market Foundation Ask the expert' Series - Brexit: options for Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Podcast on Parliament and the Withdrawal Agreement as part of the ESRC 'Ask the Expert' talk.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://soundcloud.com/smfthinktank/ask-the-expert-series-brexit-options-for-parliament
 
Description ESRC and Social Market Foundation 'Ask the expert' Series - Brexit: options for Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This event was part of the ESRC and Social market Foundation 'Ask the Expert' series. Professor Adam Cygan spoke to audience of over 50 members of the public about the parliamentary press of the EU Withdrawal Agreement and the options for Parliament, how to break the deadlock and what ma happen next. the presentation was followed by a Q and A discussion. this event was live streamed via the Social Market Foundation twitter feed (https://twitter.com/SMFthinktank/status/1092762354209546240) and accompanied by a podcast (https://soundcloud.com/smfthinktank/ask-the-expert-series-brexit-options-for-parliament).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.smf.co.uk/events/ask-the-expert-adam-cygan/
 
Description ESRC and Social Market Foundation 'Ask the expert' Series - Brexit: options for Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Live stream of Professor Cygan's presentation at the ESRC and Social market Foundation 'Ask the Expert' series event on 5 February 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/SMFthinktank/status/1092762354209546240
 
Description Elections Public Opinion and Parties Conference 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation by Professor Adam Cygan and Dr Phil Lynch at the Elections Public Opinion and Parties Conference 2017 which was held at Nottingham University from 8-10 September. The paper 'Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process' presented our research methodology and objectives and included initial data findings and quantitative analysis of how Parliament has been implementing Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/conference/fac-socsci/epop-2017/index.aspx
 
Description FCO Brexit Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Foreign and Commonwealth Office in conjunction with the UK in a Changing Europe invited Professor Adam Cygan to present a Brexit Masterclass on the EU Withdrawal Bill. The event, attended b y over 40 civil servants, took place at the FCO on the 26 April 2018 and was aimeda t civil servants across Whitehall departments to brief them about Devolution and enforcement issues arising from the EU Withdrawal Bill. Following the presentation a Q and A session was held.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description FCO Brexit Masterclass 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The Foreign Commonwealth Office, in conjunction with the UK in a Caning Europe Programme invited Professor Adam Cygan to present at a Brexit masterclass on the EU Withdrawal Bill. the event took place at the FCO on 11 December 2017 and was aimed at civil servants from across Whitehall departments = to brief them about the key provisions and effects of the EU Withdrawal Bill. Following the presentation there was a Q and A session which focused on the implementation and enforcement of retained EU law by the UK courts.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Funding UK Academia after Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event which took place on 12 March 2019 was attended by 35 vice chancellors and other university professionals, MPs and Peer and examined the impact of Brexit on the future funding of UK Universities. The event was organised in collaboration with the University of Leicester research team and the Industry and Parliament Trust. The speakers included Professor Adam Cygan and Professor Paul Bolye, Vice Chancellor of the University of Leicester.
The event explored the major implications of Brexit for UK University research within both the transitional period and beyond and the role of EU funding for research and innovation and the UK's future position in the Horizon 2020 research programme and other EU funding programmes that are part of the multi-annual financial framework (MFF). The participants discussed how the government can ensure universities are best placed to maximise their contribution to a successful and global UK post-Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ipt.org.uk/Events/Forthcoming-Events/details/Funding-Academia-University-Research-Post-B...
 
Description IPT Staff Workshop: Parliamentary Procedure Post-Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This workshop, which was attended by over 40 parliamentary staff, involved the University of Leicester research team delivering a presentation which was followed by a Q and A discussion with parliamentary staff on what the procedural impact will be on the work of Parliament once the UK has left the EU. The presentations focused on how the UK Parliament will need to adapt to being a third country which will continue to apply EU rules in across a range of policy areas. The workshop was chaired by Martin Atkins, Clerk to the Procedure Committee in the House of Commons, and enabled a high level discussion on how Parliament's work will be impacted by Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Industry and Parliament Trust Seminar - The EU Withdrawal Bill: Impact on UK Legislation and Business 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The seminar was organised by the University of Leicester Research Team and the Industry and Parliament Trust and took place on 20 March 2018. The event was attended by 35 MPs, Peers, academics and lawyers, was chaired by Robert Neil MP, Chair of the Justice Select Committee. Professor Cygan spoke about the Withdrawal Bill and the regulatory consequences of this for UK business and this was followed by a Q and A discussion.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.ipt.org.uk/newsroom/details/March-Events-Blog-
 
Description Industry and Parliament Trust Seminar - The Future of the UK and EU's Trade and Customs Relationship Post-Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This seminar organised by the research team at the University of Leicester with the Industry and Parliament Trust took place on 1 November 2017 at the House of Commons. This event was chaired by Angus MacNeil MP, Chair, Select Committee for International Trade. Providing their expert knowledge were guest speakers Dr Adam Marshall, Director General, British Chamber of Commerce and James Selka, Chief Executive Officer, Manufacturing Technologies Association. The discussion was attended by Members from both the House of Commons and House of Lords, alongside representatives from a wide variety of sectors from business and industry. The primary purpose was to consider the impact of Brexit on UK-EU Trade relations across av variety of business and industry sectors and to consider how what sort of regulatory framework would be required to ensure that friction less trade can continue. Discussions within the seminar focused on the capacity of UK customs to manage the changes that Brexit will bring. This question was raised by the Chair of the Seminar Angus MacNeil MP at the International Trade Select Committee hearing which took place immediately after the seminar on 1 November 2017. http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/international-trade-committee/the-work-of-the-department-for-international-trade/oral/72941.html
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.ipt.org.uk/Events/Event-News/Details/The-Future-of-the-UK-and-EUs-Trade-and-Customs-Relat...
 
Description International Press Briefing 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact This event was a press briefing organised by the UK in a Changing Europe programme and took place on Wednesday 15 November 2017. It was attended by Professor Adam Cygan, who spoke about the legal and political aspects of the EU Withdrawal Bill and the parliamentary process of the EU withdrawal Bill. The media event was for both national and international journalists and led to specific questions on the issue of whether the government was vulnerable to losing the parliamentary vote on the amendment for Parliament to have a 'meaningful vote' on the final Brexit deal. After the briefing Professor Cygan was questioned by journalists from several media organisations and has received request for further information and commentary about the EU Withdrawal Bill from LexisNexis.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Media presentation on the EU Withdrawal Agreement to the Foreign press Association 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Participation at a UK in Changing Europe Media briefing on 6 March 2019 which was attended by over 40 members of the Foreign press Association. Professor Cygan talked about the objectives of the EU Withdrawal Agreement. This was followed up by a series of media interviews for international press and broadcasters.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description POST Event 'ESRC Brexit Research for Policy' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event brought together parliamentary researchers, Members of the House of Commons and House of Lords and academics to consider some of the key policy areas affected by the UK's decision to leave the EU. The purpose of the day was to update parliamentary attendees on our project findings, and to discuss the effect of Brexit in the different policy areas represented by research projects. The Workshops provided an opportunity for engagement with other ESRC Brexit Priority grant holders and explore potential future collaboration. The event enabled parliamentary researchers, Members and academics to connect, network, and share expertise and ideas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Parliament & Brexit with the Legal Education Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The event, attended by over 50 members of the general public, lawyers and academics considered how Brexit has affected the constitutional set-up of Parliament, its procedural workings and, of course, the politics inside both Houses. Speakers included Professor Adam Cygan, research leader The UK in a Changing Europe, Baroness Smith, Liberal Democrats, Professor Alison Young, University of Cambridge and it was chaired by Esther Webber, The Times
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/event/parliament-brexit-with-the-legal-education-foundation/
 
Description Parliamentary Procedure Post Brexit: Exploring Developments 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The workshop was attended by over 50 parliamentary staff and was a follow up for further information from the May 2018 Workshop about how Brexit may impact parliamentary procedure. The speakers were the University of Leicester Research Team and was chaired by Mike Winter JP, Clerk, European Statutory Instruments Committee. The workshop provided an opportunity for parliamentary staff to hear from the speakers about their insights, research and observations, as we explore the developments in parliamentary process and procedure post-Brexit. Staff had the opportunity to ask questions around the key issues that will impact the day-to-day workings of UK Parliament and their responsibilities
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Parliamentary Staff Q&A: Brexit, Immigration & Skills 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The workshop for over 50 parliamentary staff was organised with Industry Parliament Trust and the University of Leicester research team. provided an opportunity for parliamentary staff and civil servants to hear from experts in the field of immigration and employment law in a discussion and Q and A session on the rights of EU citizens living in the UK after Brexit. The speakers included Professor Adam Cygan, Professor Steve Peers (University of Essex and ESRC Brexit Priority Grant Researcher) and Julia Onslow-Cole, Head of Global Immigration, PwC. The speakers provided their insights and observations on the topic of immigration and skills with parliamentary staff asking questions around the key issues that will impact policy and society.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Parliaments and Democracy Conference College of Europe 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This conference ' The Future of Constitutional Democracy in Europe: A lega Assessment' brought together academics, politicians, civil servants and judges to debate how EU parliamentary democracy has developed and the impact of Brexit on Eu parliamentary integration. Professor Cygan presented a paper on 'Deparliamentarisation in the EU and Member States' and explored how the UK Parliament is responding to Brexit and how it will seek to enageg in EU affairs post Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.coleurope.eu/events/future-constitutional-democracy-europe-legal-assessment
 
Description Presentation to a workshop on The Parliamentary Scrutiny of Brexit: Perspectives from the UK and Europe, University of Maastricht, Brussels Campus 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Richard Whitaker presented findings from the project to an audience of those involved with the European Parliament, the UK House of Lords and academics studying legislatures. The event took place in Brussels. There was some very useful discussion with practitioners that allowed us to develop contacts which we are now making use of for interviews and further discussion about our research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation to the Annual International Conference of the UK Political Studies Association 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presentation to the Political Studies Association annual international conference, Cardiff, UK. We presented some of our research and were questioned extensively by academics studying legislatures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.psa.ac.uk/conference/psa-annual-international-conference-2018/conference-programme
 
Description Public Debate 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The event, 'What would a good Brexit look like for Leicester and Leicestershire?' was part of the ESRC Festival of Science and took place on 6 November 2017 in the Attenborough Hall of Leicester City Council. The event adopted a 'Question Time' format with members of the audience asking questions to the panel about the local and national impact of Brexit. The participants on the panel were Prof Paul Boyle (Chair), Rory Palmer MEP (Labour), Lord Wolfson (Chief Executive, NEXT plc) Prof Helen Drake (Loughborough University) and Prof Adam Cygan (University of Leicester). Over 100 persons from diverse backgrounds attended the event which also generated significant local media interest including a 'live' interview of members of the panel for BBC East Midlands. The primary purpose of the event was to provide an opportunity for the people from Leicester and Leicestershire to engage in a debate about the potential impact that Brexit may have on the local community whether economically, socially or culturally. In particular, the event sought to place Brexit in a distinct regional context and to explore what policy changes may be necessary to address both the opportunities and challenges that Brexit will present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www2.le.ac.uk/institution/conversations
 
Description Shaping UK Employment Law Post-Brexit: Supporting Business and Workers 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event was a collaboration between the Industry and Parliament Trust and the University of Leicester research team and took place on 20 June 2018. It was attended by over 35 industry specialist, MPs and Peers. The speakers at the event were professor Adam Cygan and Sarah Veale CBE, former Head of the Equality and Employment Rights Department, Trades Union Congress (TUC). The event considered how UK employment laws may change after Brexit and the impact this may have on employers and employees.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description The Workshop EU External Relations after Brexit: Implications under EU and International Law - University of Salamanca 7-8 March 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Over 70 academics and postgraduate students attended this academic conference "EU External Relations after Brexit. Implications under EU and International Law". The event took place at the University of Salamanca on 7-8 March 2019. Professor Cygan presented a paper with Dr Ewa Zelazna 'Enhancing the Role of National Parliaments in the CCP: Towards a More Cooperative Model for the Exercise of the EU External Competences in the Time of Brexit'. A fuller version of the paper will be published in 2020 in an edited volume.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2009,2019
URL https://jeanmonnetchair.usal.es/actividades/eu-external-relations-after-brexit-implications-under-eu...
 
Description UC Berkeley workshop on Brexit and Trump 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Presenting early research to a workshop at UC Berkeley, CA, bringing together scholars from across the world. Details are as follows: 'Parties, Parliament and the Brexit Process: tensions facing parties, government and MPs', British Politics Group and Anglo-American Studies Program conference `Brexit and Trump', University of California Berkeley, 30 August 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.igs.berkeley.edu/events/brexit-and-trump-whats-next-for-the-uk-eu-and-us
 
Description UK Freight Operations Post-Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This event include Professor Adam Cygan speaking to 35 industry specialists, MPs and Peers about the challenges arising from the regulation off goods after Brexit and how this may impact upon the operation of UK ports. The event was in collaboration between the University of Leicester research team and the Industry and Parliament Trust and took place on 27 February 2019. The session explored the challenges and opportunities of Brexit for UK freight and its stakeholders and considered the various steps road, maritime and aviation sectors may need to take to prepare for the effects and harness the opportunities of Brexit. The speakers discussed the investment in transport infrastructure and any changes to transport policy and regulation that may be required required and any new provisions needed for the licencing, regulation and training of operators and workers in the freight sector post-Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Unite Regional Brexit Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact The Unite East Midlands Brexit Conference took place at Toyota Manufacturing, Burnaston, Derby on Tuesday 28 November. This panel discussion event was attended by regional and national Unite members and representatives from Toyota management. The purpose of the event was educate Senior Representatives in the region on the potential impact of Brexit on the sectors and understand the next steps in the process. Professor Cygan was requested to speak about (1) the potential impact of a) Hard Brexit and b) Soft Brexit on the university/sector and (2) How can universities adapt to meet the challenges and opportunities of Brexit. The presentation raised a number of questions afterwards including the impact of Brexit on international research collaboration and how changes may impact upon the research and development activities of sectors such as the automotive industry.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description University of Leicester Law School International Womens Day 2019 - Equalities after Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact As part of International Womens day professor Adam Cygan presented a talk on how UK legalisation in the field of equalities may change after Brexit. This event was attended by over 40 members of the public, academics and students.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description University of Leicester and Industry and Parliament Trust Seminar - Achieving EU Data Protection Equivalence: Protecting Cross-Border Trade 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On Tuesday 24 January 2018, the Industry and Parliament Trust, in partnership with the University of Leicester hosted a Breakfast Meeting that considered 'Achieving EU Data Protection Equivalence: Protecting Cross-Border Trade'. Held in the House of Commons this event was chaired by Vicky Ford MP a member of the Select Committee on Science and Technology. Providing their expert knowledge were guest speakers Giles Derrington, Head of Policy, Exiting the European Union, techUK and Matt Houlihan, Director, Government and Corporate Affairs, UK and Ireland, Cisco. The discussion was attended by Members from both the House of Commons and House of Lords, alongside representatives from a wide variety of sectors from business and industry and provided an opportunity for business and industry and academic experts to lobby MPs and Peers on the priorities for effective data protection rules post Brexit. The overriding discussion was in relation to the question of regulatory alignment or divergence of UK data protection rules post Brexit and what this could mean for UK trade with the EU and the wider world. MPs and Peers present at the seminar acknowledged the importance of resolving the regulatory framework as soon as possible and would use upcoming debates to raise this matter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description University of Leicester and Industry and Parliament Trust Seminar - The Future of Climate Change Post-Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact On Tuesday 5 December 2017, the Industry and Parliament Trust, in partnership with the University of Leicester hosted a seminar that considered 'The Future of Climate Change Post-Brexit'. Held in the House of Commons this event was chaired by Angela Smith MP a member of the Select Committee on Environment, Trade and Rural Affairs. Providing their expert knowledge were guest speakers Professor Charlotte Burns from the Department of Politics at the University of Sheffield and Dr Rebecca Heaton, Head of Sustainability and Policy at the Drax Group. The discussion was attended by Members from both the House of Commons and House of Lords, alongside representatives from a wide variety of sectors from business and industry. The seminar provide an opportunity for experts to discuss the regulatory and policy implications and opportunities for dealing with climate change post Brexit. A number of participants discussed the question of how the UK will continue to maintain and improve relationships with the EU to tackle climate change given that existing climate change challenges will remain. In particular, this raised a discussion on how the UK will re-create the relevant EU regulatory institutions which oversee policy. EU environment and climate change laws do not stand alone. This was an issue which the chair of the seminar stated would be conveyed back to the Select Committee for closer consideration during its inquiry in to environmental policy after Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017