Brexit, Parliament and the Constitution: UK In A Changing Europe Senior Fellowship

Lead Research Organisation: University College London
Department Name: Political Science

Abstract

This Fellowship will support Professor Meg Russell, Director of the UCL Constitution Unit and one of the UK's leading authorities on parliament and constitutional politics, to produce research and contribute to debates on Brexit, parliament and the constitution.

The decision to leave the EU has created particular tensions for parliament, which have become more prominent as debates have developed. The 2016 referendum, although itself approved by parliament, gave a result that conflicted with most parliamentarians' personal preferences. The government had offered no clear vision of what 'Leave' should mean. Since the referendum, parliament has increasingly asserted its role in deciding the way forward. But this has been controversial, with criticism and questions about the role of the House of Commons Speaker, government backbenchers, the opposition and the House of Lords. At time of writing the Commons had yet to agree a Brexit deal, and the outcome was uncertain. Possibilities included a 'hard' or 'no deal' Brexit, a 'soft' Brexit, no Brexit at all, or a further referendum.

The central research focus of the Fellowship would be parliament's role. The applicant's previous research has focused substantially on parliament's power and policy impact. This theme would be developed in the Brexit context, with a detailed analysis of the extent to which, how, and thanks to whom, parliament has affected policy outcomes. Such work would be conducted through a combination of careful documentary analysis and interviews with senior figures involved, likely resulting in a book and several papers. These would document both the ways in which parliament has influenced the process, and crucially what this is likely to mean for the future of parliament's role in the British constitution - including the balance of power between government and parliament.

Another detailed research theme would be how the media, and parliamentarians themselves, have discussed parliament's proper role vis-a-vis implementation of the referendum. Traditionally, 'parliamentary sovereignty' (whereby the highest decision-making authority is parliament) has been seen as central to the unwritten British constitution. But referendums emphasise 'popular sovereignty' (whereby the people's decisions trump those of parliament). By studying parliamentary and media debates the project would assess whether views are shifting from support for one principle to the other.

The research would also explore decision-making inside parliament itself. The Brexit debates have raised various questions including about the power of the Speaker and rights of MPs versus the government to decide parliament's agenda. The applicant, who has worked on such issues before both inside and outside parliament, will review these questions and produce a report on what, if anything, needs to change.

The Fellowship would facilitate a high degree of public and policymaker dissemination and engagement, on these topics and broader questions of Brexit and the constitution. Two seminars or roundtables will be held each year on topical issues, involving academics, policymakers, journalists and the wider public. These will feed the research, and also non-academic publications, including blog posts, short briefings, and social media engagement. One public event will be a larger one day conference. As well as the topics indicated above, possible themes include how parliament needs to adapt to a post-Brexit policy environment, how future referendums should be conducted (including a possible further referendum on Brexit), and the effects of Brexit on the UK Union and dynamics of devolution in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

In addition to these events and research outputs, the Fellowship would free up greater time for Professor Russell to contribute to public debates through the media, public meetings and other outlets such as evidence to parliamentary committees.

Planned Impact

This Fellowship is very centrally focused on impact, as set out in the case for support. Throughout the Fellowship the applicant will seek actively to contribute to public, policy and media debates about Brexit, parliament and the constitution. Ever since the 2016 referendum result these have been high profile topics, and their salience has gradually grown - until by late 2018/early 2019 the proper role of parliament in the Brexit process was regularly front page news. The applicant contributed actively to these debates, while nonetheless being significantly constrained by other commitments. She also actively contributed to debates about a possible further Brexit referendum (following a jointly authored report, co-sponsored by UKICE, published in October 2018). The Fellowship, by freeing up her time and providing research support, is therefore likely to have high impact. The research centre led by the applicant, the UCL Constitution Unit, has a long track record of producing high-quality research and commentary with wide reach among policymakers and a wider public.

Nonacademic beneficiaries can be identified in four broad interconnected groups. The first is policymakers, in government, parliament, other public bodies (e.g. Electoral Commission), devolved authorities and overseas. Through providing high quality, evidence-based research and commentary, the applicant would inform debates in these groups and help to encourage sound decision-making. The Brexit debate has often been characterised by wild and unrealistic claims, which are often very polarised. For example some proponents of a further Brexit referendum have claimed that this could be organised within a few weeks, while opponents have claimed it would take at least a year. The applicant's joint-authored report analysed the evidence and concluded that roughly 5 months was needed - a finding that has since been widely reported. Through written outputs, public commentary, private meetings and events, and evidence to parliamentary committees, the Fellowship would likewise seek to encourage sound public decision-making based on balanced and reliable evidence.

The second set of beneficiaries are other specialists, outside both government and academia - for example think tanks, professional organisations and campaign groups. These groups can be very influential on policymakers, and on the media and wider public. Through engaging directly with such groups, as collaborators and attendees at public and private events, the Fellowship would both seek to inform their thinking, and enhance its wider reach.

The media clearly provide an important conduit to all other groups, including the wider public. A high level of media engagement is likely during the Fellowship: for example through broadcast interviews, articles, blogs, press releases and social media. The applicant is a very experienced media commentator, and would seek to inform debate through all of these avenues, both via UK-based and international news media.

Finally, a crucial set of beneficiaries comprises the wider public who fall into none of the categories above. Through media work, engagement with parliament, appearances on public platforms, publications of various kinds on the UKICE and Constitution Unit websites, and social media, the Fellowship would seek to enhance public information about constitutional aspects around Brexit, and the impact of Brexit on the UK constitution, based on high-quality analysis and evidence.
 
Description This award has focused on the stresses in the constitution, particularly relating to the role of parliament, as a result of Brexit and, latterly, of the Covid pandemic. These questions have been explored through a series of papers, conference presentations, reports and engagement activities, and will be the subject of a forthcoming book. Key findings include the following:
- The holding of the 2016 Brexit referendum generated a tension between competing principles of direct and representative democracy. This was exacerbated by specific features of that referendum - in particular, the failure adequately to define what would happen in the event of a 'Leave' result.
- The political crises of the Brexit era can in large part be traced to the effects of minority government, and - even more so - of the deep divisions within the governing party.
- Parliament and the courts became the target of increasingly populist 'anti-elite' rhetoric, with some evidence that such rhetoric among politicians and the media transferred from its previous focus on EU institutions to domestic institutions.
- Though arguments based on the principle of parliamentary sovereignty were common - traditionally in support of Brexit - closer reading shows that the term is often used imprecisely, and that its advocates frequently fail to distinguish between the power of parliament, and the power of the executive.
- There are strong arguments to be made in favour of reforms to parliamentary procedure which would transfer power from the executive to MPs - particularly in relation to control of time in the House of Commons.
- Some important aspects of the executive's treatment of parliament - in particular, an unwillingness to face scrutiny, and the heavy use of delegated legislation - were a feature not only of the 2016-19 period, but also of government's behaviour during the Covid pandemic, and subsequently, and thereafter.
- Developments in the UK are not uniquely British, but can be seen as part of broader populist movements globally against constitutional/liberal democracy.
Exploitation Route The findings of the project have already been used in various ways by policymakers. The work on parliamentary scrutiny and procedure has resulted in private meetings with policymakers to discuss our findings, as well as multiple mentions by MPs in the Commons chamber. As our more detailed entries show, Meg Russell has given evidence to parliamentary select committees to inform their conclusions on a number of occasions, and has spoken both privately and publicly to other groups of policymakers, in the UK and overseas.
Sectors Government, Democracy and Justice

URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description The research has been used extensively outside academia. Meg Russell's media interviews and podcast appearances (detailed under 'engagement activities') have included appearances on BBC News, Newsnight, Radio 4, Channel 4 News and ITV News, as well as in German, Irish and US media. Written media outputs have included articles or letters in the Times, Financial Times, Prospect, Conservative Home and the Conversation. Meg Russell's appearances at events have included panels at the Edinburgh Book Festival, Institute for Government, Putney Debates and various others, as well as numerous events hosted by UK in a Changing Europe and UCL. She has spoken at events for civil servants and parliamentary officials, as well as at internal seminars organised by the Japanese and Thai legislatures, and the Council of Europe. The project team has also organised or jointly organised a number of events, including a two-day conference on the Johnson government's constitutional reform agenda, which was targeted at both an academic and a non-academic (policymaker, journalistic and general public) audience. Topics discussed have included the unlawful prorogation of parliament, parliamentary procedure, parliamentary scrutiny of the government's response to the Covid pandemic, standards in public life, and the dangers of populist rhetoric and erosion of democratic institutions.
First Year Of Impact 2019
Sector Government, Democracy and Justice
Impact Types Policy & public services

 
Description Council of Europe Committee on Political Affairs and Democracy session on Covid and parliaments, 28 May 2020 - Meg Russell panellist.
Geographic Reach Europe 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://pace.coe.int/en/news/7903
 
Description Invited oral evidence by Meg Russell to House of Commons Procedure Committee's 'Procedure under coronavirus restrictions' inquiry, 8 July 2020.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/4112f276-0018-4e21-ba0e-38650ab7959b
 
Description Invited oral evidence by Meg Russell to House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee's 'The Government's Proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission' inquiry, 6 October 2020.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://parliamentlive.tv/event/index/d1820b66-abfb-4b17-95f1-c759e25f5620
 
Description Invited oral evidence by Meg Russell to House of Lords Constitution Committee's 'Constitutional Implications of Covid-19' inquiry, 24 June 2020.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index/b27b3f53-fc33-43ea-a4d2-bfcc063e54aa
 
Description Oral evidence to House of Commons Exiting the EU Select Committee inquiry on The progress of the UK's negotiations on EU withdrawal
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/exiting-the-europea...
 
Description Oral evidence to House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee on prorogation of parliament
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/commons-select/public-administration-an...
 
Description Written evidence by Meg Russell and Robert Hazell to House of Commons Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee's 'The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011' inquiry, April 2020.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/2650/html/
 
Description Written evidence by Meg Russell to the Strategic Review of the Restoration and Renewal programme, August 2020.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
 
Description Written evidence to the Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act by Robert Hazell and Meg Russell, December 2020.
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Gave evidence to a government review
URL https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/19314/html/
 
Description ARD interview 
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 Interview on German broadcaster ARD's 'Tagesthemen' programme (Newsnight equivalent) about the Queen's Speech
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.tagesschau.de/multimedia/video/video-607323.html
 
Description Academic conference presentations 2020-21 
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 Academic conference presentations:

15 December 2020. Meg Russell spoke at the International Political Studies Association conference, 'Disruption, Crisis, Opportunity: Whither Democratic Governance?' on the topic 'Whatever happened to parliamentary democracy in the UK?' (https://sites.google.com/view/ipsarc14/events/virtual-colloquium-2020).

11 November 2020. Meg Russell spoke at the PSA Parliaments Annual Conference on 'The impact of COVID-19 on parliaments' (https://psaparliaments.org/annual-conference/).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description Academic conference presentations 2021-22 
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 10 June 2021, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR) Standing Group on the European Union conference, 'The Domestication of Populism: Brexit and the Rise of Anti-Political Rhetoric in the UK', presented by Meg Russell.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://ecpr.eu/Events/Event/PaperDetails/49390
 
Description Al Jazeera interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Al Jazeera Evening News interview on the prorogation of parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://youtu.be/oe5OAinnLBE
 
Description Articles in print media by Meg Russell, 2020-21 
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 Meg Russell wrote several articles for print media:

19 January 2021: 'It's time for MPs to take back control of the Commons'. Article in Times Red Box. (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/its-time-for-mps-to-take-back-control-of-the-commons-j000wqpc5)

11 January 2021: Letter to The Times on parallels between rhetoric in the UK and US following the insurrection in Washington (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/edition/comment/times-letters-pensions-and-how-to-pay-for-the-pandemic-m0d3pzpkf).

8 June 2020: Letter to The Times, with multiple other democracy specialists, arguing that the ending of the hybrid House of Commons breached fundamental democratic principles (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/times-letters-johnsons-handling-of-the-coronavirus-crisis-xshzgxcxq).

16 April 2020: 'How a virtual parliament should work. Questions - and some answers', with Ruth Fox. Article on Conservative Home. (https://www.conservativehome.com/platform/2020/04/meg-russell-and-ruth-fox-how-a-virtual-parliament-should-work-questions-and-some-answers.html)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description Articles in print media by Meg Russell, 2021-22 
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 Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Meg Russell's articles for print media:

9 February 2022, letter to Prospect on standards and trust in democracy (https://twitter.com/ConUnit_UCL/status/1491356443639160833)

9 November 2021, Prospect, 'The "Cash For Peerages" Scandal Shows We Urgently Need Better Democratic Protections' (https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/politics/the-cash-for-peerages-scandal-shows-we-urgently-need-better-democratic-protections-parliament-democracy).

24 April 2021, Financial Times, 'UK Government Must Loosen its Grip on Parliamentary Process' (https://www.ft.com/content/e9860ea1-c756-414f-a315-23ea5dbd6efd)

21 April 2021, letter to the Times on parliamentary accountability and control, co-signed with various constitutional experts (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/news/2021/apr/parliaments-power-needs-be-restored-after-its-shocking-marginalisation-government).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description BBC 5 live interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC 5 Live Drive interview on Corbyn's Brexit proposals
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/multimedia/meg-russell-on-bbc-radio-5-live-drive-jeremy-corbyns-brexit-proposa...
 
Description BBC News interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC News interview on Brexit & parliament
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC News interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC News interview on the prorogation of parliament
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC Newsnight interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC Newsnight interview on the WAB in the House of Lords
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m0009mm5/newsnight-21102019
 
Description BBC Radio 4 PM interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview on the BBC Radio 4 PM programme on a vote of no confidence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0007bk7
 
Description BBC Radio 4 PM interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC Radio 4 'PM' programme interview on the constitution and a no-deal Brexit
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007dk5
 
Description BBC Radio 4 The World Tonight interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC Radio 4 'The World Tonight' interview on the Withdrawal Agreement Bill
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0009ktn
 
Description BBC Radio 4 World at One interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC Radio 4 'World at One' interview interview on the Queen's Speech
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00099zl
 
Description BBC Radio 4 interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview on BBC Radio 4's 'The World at One' on the prorogation of parliament
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0007wdt
 
Description BBC Radio 5 Live interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC Radio 5 Live interview on the 'Sarah Brett' programme on the prorogation of parliament
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BBC Radio Foyle interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC Radio Foyle interview on the Supreme Court prorogation ruling
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0008p10
 
Description Blog post: Brexit and parliament: an end of term report 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post reporting on a public event held by the Constitution Unit and summarising the speakers' arguments, which appeared on the Constitution Unit blog.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/08/06/brexit-and-parliament-an-end-of-term-report/
 
Description Blog post: Can Boris Johnson ignore parliament and force a no-deal Brexit? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Post on the Constitution Unit blog titled 'Can Boris Johnson ignore parliament and force a no-deal Brexit?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/08/08/can-boris-johnson-ignore-parliament-and-force-a-no-deal-bre...
 
Description Blog post: Enacting the manifesto? Labour's pledges and the reality of a hung parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Post which appeared on the Constitution Unit blog during the general election campaign titled 'Enacting the manifesto? Labour's pledges and the reality of a hung parliament'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/12/11/enacting-the-manifesto-labours-pledges-and-the-reality-of-a...
 
Description Blog post: Five key questions about a further Brexit referendum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Post on the Constitution Unit blog, titled 'Five key questions about a further Brexit referendum'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/11/07/five-key-questions-about-a-further-brexit-referendum/
 
Description Blog post: Has parliament just got boring? Five conclusions from the passage of the EU Withdrawal Agreement Act 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post on the passage of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Act 2020, appearing on the Constitution Unit blog and UK in a Changing Europe website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2020/01/30/has-parliament-just-got-boring-five-conclusions-from-the-pa...
 
Description Blog post: Might Boris Johnson try to call an election sooner than people think? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Post for the Constitution Unit blog titled 'Might Boris Johnson try to call an election sooner than people think?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/08/23/might-boris-johnson-try-to-call-an-election-sooner-than-peo...
 
Description Blog post: Parliament, spin and the accurate reporting of Brexit 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post assessing media reporting of parliament and urging journalists to use academic sources to improve the accuracy of reporting. Appeared on the Constitution Unit blog and UK in a Changing Europe website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/10/24/parliament-spin-and-the-accurate-reporting-of-brexit/
 
Description Blog post: Pressures to recall parliament over Brexit during the summer seem likely - what if they occur? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post during the 2019 parliamentary summer recess on the options for parliamentary recall, appearing on the Constitution Unit blog and UK in a Changing Europe website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/07/23/pressures-to-recall-parliament-over-brexit-during-the-summe...
 
Description Blog post: The Mechanics of a Further Referendum on Brexit Revisited: Questions for the New Parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post, appearing on the Constitution Unit blog, on the questions which a new parliament (post-2019 general election) would have to consider if it wished to hold a further referendum on Brexit. Accompanied a report of the same name.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/12/01/the-mechanics-of-a-further-referendum-on-brexit-revisited-q...
 
Description Blog post: The Supreme Court ruling in Cherry/Miller (No.2) and the power of parliament 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post written shortly after the Cherry/Miller 2 Supreme Court judgment on 'The Supreme Court ruling in Cherry/Miller (No.2) and the power of parliament'. Appeared on the Constitution Unit blog and UK in a Changing Europe website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/09/27/the-supreme-court-ruling-in-cherry-miller-no-2-and-the-powe...
 
Description Blog post: The government's proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission: what, why and how? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Post on the Constitution Unit blog and UK in a Changing Europe website, titled 'The government's proposed Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission: what, why and how?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2020/02/14/the-governments-proposed-constitution-democracy-and-rights-...
 
Description Blog post: This prorogation is improper: the government should reverse it 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Post on the Constitution Unit blog titled 'This prorogation is improper: the government should reverse it'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/09/03/this-prorogation-is-improper-the-government-should-reverse-...
 
Description Blog post: Which MPs are responsible for 'failing to get Brexit done'? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post analysing MP voting records on Brexit, appearing on the Constitution Unit blog and UK in a Changing Europe website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/10/02/which-mps-are-responsible-for-failing-to-get-brexit-done/
 
Description Blog post: Why a rhetoric of 'parliament versus people' is both dishonest and dangerous 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post critiquing 'people versus parliament' rhetoric, appearing on the Constitution Unit blog and UK in a Changing Europe website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/11/05/why-a-rhetoric-of-parliament-versus-people-is-both-dishones...
 
Description Blog: Six constitutional questions raised by the election of the new Conservative leader 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post on the topic of 'Six constitutional questions raised by the election of the new Conservative leader', quoted or referred to in a number of media outlets. Appeared on the Constitution Unit blog and UK in a Changing Europe website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://constitution-unit.com/2019/06/30/six-constitutional-questions-raised-by-the-election-of-the-...
 
Description CBC interview 
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 Interview on Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's 'The Current with Laura Lynch' about the state of democracy in the UK
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/1-63-the-current/clip/15742216-two-pillars-of-western-democracy...
 
Description Channel 4 News interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Channel 4 News interview on the prorogation of parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Event: Brexit - what next? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in a panel event at UCL Laws on Brexit - What Next? looking at post-exit challenges.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/laws/events/2020/jan/brexit-what-next
 
Description Event: Cabinet Office UK Governance Group all-staff conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Participation on a panel for the Cabinet Office's UK Governance Group staff conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Event: Edinburgh Book Festival 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk at the Edinburgh Book Festival as part of a Brexit-focused panel titled 'Falling Out'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/whats-on/things-to-do/ex-newsnight-presenter-gavin-esler-talk...
 
Description Event: Tortoise Thinkin' - is British democracy in danger? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participation on a panel for a Tortoise Thinkin' event on British democracy.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://members.tortoisemedia.com/thinkin/tortoise-thinkin-is-british-democracy-in-danger/content.ht...
 
Description Events organised by the project team, 2020-21 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Events organised by the project team:

21 January 2021. Meg Russell was a panellist for a UK in a Changing Europe event on 'Johnson and parliament' (https://ukandeu.ac.uk/video-audio/boris-johnson-and-parliament/).

19 January 2020. Launch event for the report 'Taking back control' (see publications entry). Included Meg Russell as a panellist, along with co-author Daniel Gover, Commons Procedure Committee chair Karen Bradley MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Valerie Vaz MP and former Clerk of the House of Commons Sir David Natzler. (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/taking-back-control-why-house-commons-should-govern-its-own-time).

3 December 2020. 'Populism and the rise of authoritarianism ', public event as part of the UCL Political Science 'Policy and Practice' seminar series, chaired by Meg Russell, with speakers Nadia Urbinati, Anne Applebaum and Rory Stewart. (https://ucl-political-science.simplecast.com/episodes/policy-and-practice-populism-and-the-rise-of-autocracy)

3 November 2020. 'Constitutional reform then and now', Constitution Unit public event, chaired by Meg Russell, with speakers Jack Straw, Francesca Klug and David Gauke. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j1hCduVBDyk)

5 October 2020. 'Repealing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act', public event as part of the UCL Political Science 'Policy and Practice' seminar series, chaired by Meg Russell, with speakers Baroness (Ann) Taylor, Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Petra Schleiter. (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/events/2020/oct/repealing-fixed-term-parliaments-act)

2 July 2020. 'Reporting on politics in lockdown', public event as part of the UCL Political Science 'Policy and Practice' seminar series, chaired by Meg Russell, with speakers Mark D'Arcy, Esther Webber and Brian Taylor. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1q1LEXCOuFg)

13 March 2020. conference on Parliament & Brexit, linked to a report publication (see publications entry) and jointly organised with UK in a Changing Europe, with a wide range of panellists including Meg Russell. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1239&v=0WfzaiTBJEw&feature=emb_logo).

27 February 2020. Meg Russell in conversation with Ken Clarke, organised jointly with the Study of Parliament group and hosted by the Lord Speaker. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_vFE8AWHdgc).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description Events organised by the project team, 2021-22 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Events organised by the project team:

13 January 2022, 'What Can Be Done About the House of Lords?' (chaired by Meg Russell) (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/what-can-be-done-about-house-lords).

1 December 2021, 'Riding the Populist Wave: The UK Conservatives and the Constitution' (chaired by Meg Russell) (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/riding-populist-wave-uk-conservatives-and-constitution).

12 November 2021, 'Improving Standards of Conduct in Public Life' (chaired by Meg Russell) (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/improving-standards-conduct-public-life).

17-18 June 2021, conference on 'Johnson's Constitutional Reform Agenda', jointly organised with the University of Oxford and UK in a Changing Europe. Meg Russell chaired the keynote speech by then Lord Chancellor Robert Buckland QC MP, chaired a panel on 'Review of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011', and was a panellist for 'Re-balancing between parliament, executive and the courts' (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/events/past-events/johnsons-constitutional-reform-agenda-conference-17-18-june-2021).

29 April 2021, 'Regulating Public Appointments' (chaired by Meg Russell) (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/events/past-events/regulating-public-appointments).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description ITV News at Ten interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact ITV News at Ten interview
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ITV News interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact ITV News interview on vote of no confidence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ITV News interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact ITV News interview on the Supreme Court prorogation ruling
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/multimedia/meg-russell-on-itv-news-prorogation-ruled-unlawful/
 
Description Institute for Government event on repeal/reform of Fixed-term Parliaments Act 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Participation in a panel event on the future of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act at the Institute for Government.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/events/power-call-early-elections-what-next-fixed-term-par...
 
Description Letter to The Times 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Letter to The Times about the Supreme Court's ruling on prorogation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/times-letters-constitutional-implications-of-judges-ruling-zzqb3p...
 
Description Letter to The Times 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Letter to The Times about the prorogation of parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/times-letters-the-improper-nature-of-this-prorogation-2r6zq0xfr
 
Description Multiple blog posts on Constitution Unit and UK in a Changing Europe websites, 2020-21 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Multiple blog posts on topics relating to the project. All appeared on the Constitution Unit blog. * indicates those which also appeared in an edited form on the UK in a Changing Europe website.

5 February 2021. Meg Russell, 'Boris Johnson and parliament: misunderstandings and structural weaknesses' (https://constitution-unit.com/2021/02/05/boris-johnson-and-parliament-misunderstandings-and-structural-weaknesses/).

*19 January 2021. Meg Russell and Daniel Gover, 'Taking back control: why the House of Commons should govern its own time' (https://constitution-unit.com/2021/01/19/taking-back-control-why-the-house-of-commons-should-govern-its-own-time/).

17 January 2021. Lisa James and Daniel Gover, 'The hybrid House of Commons: the problems of government control' (https://constitution-unit.com/2021/01/17/the-hybrid-house-of-commons-the-problems-of-government-control/).

9 December 2020. Meg Russell, 'Parliaments and Covid-19: principles and practice; challenges and opportunities' (https://constitution-unit.com/2020/12/09/parliaments-and-covid-19-principles-and-practice-challenges-and-opportunities/). Also appeared on the Political Studies Association blog.

*28 September 2020. Meg Russell and Lisa James, 'MPs are right: Parliament has been sidelined' (https://constitution-unit.com/2020/09/28/mps-are-right-parliament-has-been-sidelined/).

*11 September 2020. Meg Russell, 'Will the Lords block the UK Internal Market Bill?' (https://constitution-unit.com/2020/09/13/will-the-lords-block-the-uk-internal-market-bill/).

*4 September 2020. Meg Russell, 'Boris Johnson and Parliament: an unhappy tale in 13 acts' (https://constitution-unit.com/2020/09/01/boris-johnson-and-parliament-an-unhappy-tale-in-13-acts/).

*14 June 2020. Meg Russell, 'Brexit and parliament: where did it all go wrong?' (https://constitution-unit.com/2020/06/14/brexit-and-parliament-where-did-it-all-go-wrong/).

*8 June 2020. Meg Russell, with other democracy specialists, 'Ending of the hybrid House of Commons breached fundamental democratic principles' (https://constitution-unit.com/2020/06/08/ending-of-the-hybrid-house-of-commons-breached-fundamental-democratic-principles/).

*2 June 2020. Meg Russell, 'Can Dominic Cummings defy the political laws of gravity' (https://constitution-unit.com/2020/06/02/can-dominic-cummings-defy-the-political-laws-of-gravity/).

*14 April 2020: Meg Russell and Ruth Fox, 'Proposals for a 'virtual parliament': how should parliamentary procedure and practices adapt during the coronavirus pandemic?' (https://constitution-unit.com/2020/04/14/proposals-for-a-virtual-parliament-how-should-parliamentary-procedure-and-practices-adapt-during-the-coronavirus-pandemic/).

*23 March 2020: Meg Russell, 'Parliament, politics and anti-politics' (https://constitution-unit.com/2020/03/23/parliament-politics-and-anti-politics/).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL http://Constitution-unit.com/category/parliament-2/
 
Description Multiple blog posts on Constitution Unit and UK in a Changing Europe websites, 2021-22 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Multiple blog posts on topics relating to the project. All appeared on the Constitution Unit blog, unless otherwise specified.

9 March 2022,' The House of Lords amendment to the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill Returns Appropriate Power to MPs: They Should Accept It', by Tom Fleming and Meg Russell (https://constitution-unit.com/2022/03/09/the-house-of-lords-amendment-to-the-dissolution-and-calling-of-parliament-bill-returns-appropriate-power-to-mps-they-should-accept-it/)

8 November 2021, 'The Owen Paterson Standards Row Reflects Worrying Broader Trends in Our Politics', by Meg Russell. This post appeared on the UK in a Changing Europe website, rather than the Constitution Unit blog (https://ukandeu.ac.uk/the-owen-paterson-standards-row-reflects-worrying-broader-trends-in-our-politics/).

8 September 2021, 'The Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill: Why the House of Commons Should Retain Control over Dissolution', by Meg Russell, Gavin Phillipson and Petra Schleiter (https://constitution-unit.com/2021/09/08/the-dissolution-and-calling-of-parliament-bill-why-the-house-of-commons-should-retain-control-over-dissolution/).

6 September 2021, 'The Fixed-term Parliaments Act Did Not Cause the Brexit Impasse', by Meg Russell (https://constitution-unit.com/2021/09/06/the-fixed-term-parliaments-act-did-not-cause-the-brexit-impasse/).

24 June 2021, 'Five Ways to Improve Referendums After Brexit', by Alan Renwick and Meg Russell (https://constitution-unit.com/2021/06/24/five-years-on-from-the-brexit-referendum-five-ways-that-we-should-handle-referendums-differently-and-better/). This post appeared on the UK in a Changing Europe website as well as on the Constitution Unit blog.

21 April 2021, 'The Marginalisation of the House of Commons Under Covid Has Been Shocking; A Year On, Parliament's Role Must Urgently Be Restored'. Jointly written by Meg Russell, Ruth Fox, Ronan Cormacain and Joe Tomlinson, and summarised in a letter to the Times (see above) (https://constitution-unit.com/2021/04/21/covid-and-parliament-one-year-on/).

12 April 2021, 'FTPA Joint Committee Lays Down Marker For the Future', by Robert Hazell and Meg Russell (https://constitution-unit.com/2021/04/12/ftpa-joint-committee-lays-down-marker-for-the-future/).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL http://Constitution-unit.com/category/parliament-2/
 
Description Newsnight interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC Newsnight interview on the Supreme Court prorogation ruling
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/multimedia/meg-russell-on-bbc-newsnight-the-supreme-court-ruling/
 
Description Panel event: ALBA Summer Conference 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Talk at the ALBA summer conference as part of a panel responding to Lord Sumption's Reith lectures. ALBA is the professional association for public law barristers in England and Wales.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://adminlaw.org.uk/events/alba-summer-conference-2019/
 
Description Panel event: UKICE conference July 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talk as part of a panel on 'What kind of democracy: representative, direct, deliberative?' at UK In A Changing Europe conference, open to the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/event/brexit-and-the-constitution/
 
Description Participation (as panellist or chair) by Meg Russell in externally-organised public events, 2021-22 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Meg Russell appeared as a speaker or panellist at multiple events:

10 March 2022, Institute for Government/Bennett Institute for Public Policy event on the topic 'The Failure of "Good Chaps": Are Norms and Conventions Still Working in the UK Constitution?' (https://www.instituteforgovernment.org.uk/events/constitution).

20 January 2022, Keele World Affairs Council event on the topic of 'Lords Reform' (http://www.kwaku.org.uk/Speakers/2021-2022/Meg_Russell_Bio.html).

25 October 2021, Cambridge Law Faculty event on the topic 'Who's in charge in parliament?' (https://youtube.com/playlist?list=PLa0MbjEoqsxCFKx2OOOcQIxNm3zoePUpy).

21 October 2021, Mishcon de Reya event on 'The Expansion of Executive Power' (https://www.mishcon.com/news/tv/executive-power-impact-parliament-sovereignty-law).

19 October 2021, Public Law Project event on 'Accountability and the Constitution' (as panel chair) (https://publiclawproject.org.uk/events/jr-trends-and-forecasts-2021-accountability-and-the-constitution/).

16 June 2021, Political Studies Association and UK Parliament Education and Engagement Service joint event on the topic 'House of Lords: Scrutinyand Reform?' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jQMMlM7hJU).

19 May 2021, UK in a Changing Europe event, on the topic 'Can the Constitution Hold?' (https://ukandeu.ac.uk/video-audio/can-the-constitution-hold/).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description Participation (as panellist or chair) by Meg Russell in private events, 2020-21 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 3 February 2020. A talk for the Cabinet Office's UK Governance Group on 'The power of parliament in the legislative process'.

14 December 2020. Lecture on 'The role of parliament in times of crisis: challenges for UK politics' for the Japanese parliament (organised by the National Diet Library, slides available under the heading 'UK Parliamentary Politics in Times of Crisis' here: https://www.ndl.go.jp/en/diet/publication/document/index.html).

16 November 2020. Lecture on 'The UK constitution' for the Royal College of Defence Studies.

14 October 2020. Talk on 'The constitution and parliament', hosted by the Baring Foundation for grantholders and other charitable funders.

12 October 2020. House of Commons Library event on 'Prorogation one year on'.

5 May 2020. Church of England private roundtable on constitutional change, chaired by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

22 May 2020. Talk on 'Parliamentary scrutiny at a time of pandemic', University of East Anglia departmental seminar
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Participation (as panellist or chair) by project team members in externally-organised public events, 2020-21 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact 9 February 2021. Lisa James was a panellist for the Balliol College, University of Oxford Bingham Seminar on 'Civil liberties and parliamentary scrutiny under coronavirus' (https://www.balliol.ox.ac.uk/events/2021/february/09/bingham-seminar).

18 December 2020. Meg Russell spoke in the Putney debates on 'Parliamentary sovereignty in perspective' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=InIP9nNvXas).

24 November 2020. Meg Russell was a panellist for a Mile End Group seminar on 'Reforming the House of Lords' (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rjeb838wPyg&t=2880s).

11 August 2020. Meg Russell was a panellist for the Young Legal Aid Lawyers, Public Law Project and Justice First Fellows conference 'Young Lawyers Making Change', discussing the government's planned Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission (https://www.younglawyersmakingchange.co.uk/speakers).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description Participation (as speaker or panellist) by Meg Russell in private events, 2021-22 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact 31 January 2022, briefing for the Thai Senate on the topic of bicameralism.

29 November 2021, Royal College of Defence Studies talk on the topic 'UK Constitutional Arrangements, Development and Modernisation'.

17 June 2021, Study of Parliament Group seminar on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.

15 April 2021, briefing for the Council of Europe on the topic of 'Covid and Parliament'.

13 April 2021, Society of Labour Lawyers event, 'Was Brexit a Constitutional Moment?'.

April 2021, meeting with the House of Commons Procedure Committee, on parliament's role during the pandemic.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
 
Description Podcast appearances by Meg Russell, 2020-2021 
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 Meg Russell appeared multiple times on podcasts:

28 January 2021: Never Mind the Bar Charts podcast, episode on 'How to make parliament work better' (https://www.markpack.org.uk/166846/podcast-how-to-make-parliament-work-better-with-professor-meg-russell/)

8 October 2020: UCL Uncovering Politics podcast, episode on 'Checks and balances' (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/political-science/ps-online/ucl-uncovering-politics)

26 March 2020: UK in a Changing Europe Brexit Breakdown podcast (https://ukandeu.ac.uk/multimedia/brexit-breakdown-podcast-with-meg-russell-and-tim-bale/)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description Podcast appearances by Meg Russell, 2021-2022 
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 Meg Russell appeared multiple times as a podcast guest:

10 March 2022, Oxford University's Efficient Secrets podcast, on the topic of democratic backsliding (https://efficientsecrets.buzzsprout.com/1913230/10225055-is-the-uk-experiencing-democratic-backsliding-courts-parliament-and-the-rule-of-law).

28 January 2022, UK in a Changing Europe's Brexit and Beyond podcast, discussing political leadership and trust in politicians (https://ukandeu.ac.uk/podcasts/brexit-and-beyond-meg-russell/).

6 July 2021, Channel 4's The Fourcast podcast, discussing Lords reform (https://www.channel4.com/news/hereditary-peers-too-posh-to-push-out).

27 April 2021, UCL Grand Challenges Coronavirus - the Whole Story podcast, discussing 'What's Happening in Westminster?' (https://soundcloud.com/uclsound/coronavirus-the-whole-story-whats-happening-in-westminster).

25 March 2021, UCL Uncovering Politics podcast, discussing forms of democracy (https://ucl-uncovering-politics.simplecast.com/).

15 March 2021, Aspen Institute podcast, discussing 'The Future of the House of Lords' (https://www.aspenuk.org/events/the-future-of-the-house-of-lords/).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description Podcast: UK In A Changing Europe's Brexit Breakdown 14 January 2020 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in The UK In A Changing Europe's Brexit Breakdown podcast, discussing parliament's role during the transition period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/multimedia/brexit-breakdown-with-professors-meg-russell-and-tim-bale/
 
Description Podcast: UK In A Changing Europe's Brexit Breakdown 18 September 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated in The UK In A Changing Europe's Brexit Breakdown podcast
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/multimedia/brexit-breakdown-with-seb-dance-mep-for-london/
 
Description Podcast: UK In A Changing Europe's Brexit Breakdown 27 September 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated in The UK In A Changing Europe's Brexit Breakdown podcast
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/multimedia/brexit-breakdown-podcast-with-professors-tim-bale-and-meg-russell/
 
Description Podcast: US National Constitution Center 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participation in the US National Constitution Center's podcast, discussing the question 'Is Brexit a British Constitutional Crisis?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/is-brexit-a-british-constitutional-crisis/id83213431?i=1000455...
 
Description Prospect podcast August 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Participated in a podcast for Prospect on the topic 'Brexit - last chance to stop a no-deal?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.prospectmagazine.co.uk/podcasts/the-prospect-podcast-94-brexit-last-chance-to-stop-a-no-...
 
Description Public event: Brexit and parliament: an end of term report 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Public event with a panel of both internal (Professor Russell) and external speakers (both research and practitioner) discussing parliament's handling of Brexit.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGYQNklwpE4&t=3s
 
Description RTE Radio 1 interview 
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 Interview on RTE (Ireland's national broadcaster) Radio 1's 'Drivetime with Mary Wilson' programme
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.rte.ie/radio/radioplayer/html5/#/radio1/11103015
 
Description Radio 4 interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview on BBC Radio 4 about opposition day motions to stop no deal
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0005t9r
 
Description Radio appearances by Meg Russell, 2020-2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Meg Russell's radio interviews:

22 January 2021: BBC Radio 4's Today in Parliament programme, discussing a new report, 'Taking Back Control' (see the publication entry) (https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000rcdh)

12 October 2020: BBC Radio 4's Analysis programme (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/news/headlines/2020/oct/ministers-rely-parliament-support)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description Radio appearances by Meg Russell, 2021-2022 
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 Meg Russell's radio interviews:

3 December 2021, Times Radio, discussing hereditary peers.

23 April 2021, BBC Radio 4's 'Today in Parliament', discussing parliament's sidelining during the pandemic.

31 March 2021, Times Radio, discussing House of Lords reform.

29 March 2021, BBC Radio 4's 'Today in Parliament', discussing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021,2022
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/constitution-unit/research/uk-and-europe/brexit-parliament-and-constitution
 
Description Radio: appearance on Radio 4's The Briefing Room 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Appearance on Radio 4's show The Briefing Room discussing the topic: 'Britain's constitutional dilemma: who now runs the country?'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m0008p41
 
Description Sky News interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Sky News (Adam Boulton) interview on the prorogation of parliament.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/multimedia/meg-russell-on-sky-news-the-uk-constitution-and-prorogation/
 
Description Sky News interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Sky News interview on 'Super Saturday'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://twitter.com/ConUnit_UCL/status/1186227006800891905
 
Description Sky News interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Sky News interview on the election being called
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sky News interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Sky News interview on the passage of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill following the 2019 general election.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Sky News interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Sky News interview on vote of no confidence
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk at the Department for Education 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk to civil servants at the Department for Education as part of Parliament Week
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Talk for APPG on Social Science and Policy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Talk for the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Social Science and Policy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description The Conversation article on party leader selection 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Article for The Conversation, reproduced on Constitution Unit and The UK in a Changing Europe blogs, titled 'Why grassroots members shouldn't choose party leaders'
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://theconversation.com/why-grassroots-members-shouldnt-choose-party-leaders-131123
 
Description The Week In Parliament interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Interview on BBC Parliament's 'The Week in Parliament' on vote of no confidence and prorogation
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000742b/the-week-in-parliament-26072019
 
Description Today Programme interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC Radio 4 'Today Programme' interview on the Benn Bill
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://ukandeu.ac.uk/multimedia/meg-russell-on-bbc-radio-4-today-the-benn-bill/
 
Description UCL European Institute newsletter contribution 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contribution to a newsletter for the UCL European Institute, providing parliamentary analysis for the general election edition of the newsletter.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description UCL European Institute video: What happens next? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Contributed to a video for the UCL European Institute on the topic: 'What happens next? UK and EU responses to the 2019 general election'. The video appears on the UCL European Institute website.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.ucl.ac.uk/european-institute/news/2019/dec/what-happens-next-uk-and-eu-responses-2019-el...
 
Description UCL It's All Academic Festival panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Panel discussion event held at UCL's 'It's All Academic' research open day.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/ucl-its-all-academic-festival-2019-brexit-parliament-and-constitution...
 
Description UK in a Changing Europe 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 Part of a panel for a press briefing event organised by The UK In A Changing Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Victoria Derbyshire interview 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact BBC2 Victoria Derbyshire show TV interview on the Supreme Court prorogation ruling
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Voice of America interview 
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 Voice of America interview on the prorogation of parliament
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019