Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit

An unofficial Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit took place over two weekends in September 2017, bringing together a broadly representative group of the electorate of the United Kingdom.

What is a Citizens’ Assembly?

A Citizens’ Assembly is a randomly selected group of citizens who are representative of the population at large. The group learn about an issue, hear from campaigners on both sides and then deliberate and make recommendations.

Similar bodies have operated in parts of Canada – notably British Columbia and Ontario – and there is a citizens’ assembly currently operating in Ireland. You can find out more about sortition (the use of random selection in government) around the world at the sortitionfoundation.org.

A Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit

The majority of British people who took part in the EU referendum wanted to leave, but what should be our future relationship with the EU?

In 2017 a group of academics and the Electoral Reform Society decided to find out what the public want from a future relationship. The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit allowed members to engage in detailed, reflective and informed discussions about what the UK’s post-Brexit relations with the European Union should be. The results were then presented to the government.

There are now calls for an official Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit to break the deadlock in parliament.

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Date published
08/07/19
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What Are Citizens’ Assemblies?

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Citizens' Assembly on Brexit
Date published
12/03/19
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A quick guide to Citizens’ Assemblies

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Citizens' Assembly on Brexit