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There’s another way of doing Brexit

By Dr Alan Renwick A battle broke out in Parliament last week, as MPs across the House successfully pushed for a meaningful vote on the final Brexit deal. It was an attempt to make our...

Posted 18 Dec 2017

Citizens' Assembly on Brexit

Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit: reflections on the first weekend

The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit has just begun its work. The project’s director, Alan Renwick, here offers some initial, personal reflections on a highly successful first weekend. The Citizens’ Assembly on Brexit has just completed its first weekend...

Posted 16 Sep 2017

Citizens Assembly on Brexit

It’s time to get the public involved in Brexit

The way people talk about ‘Leavers’ and ‘Remainers’ is enough to make you think they have always been at loggerheads – two irreconcilable opponents, fated to oppose each other forever and ever. But it’s not...

Posted 12 Jul 2017

Citizens Assembly on Brexit blog

It’s time to put ‘take back control’ into action

It’s been a slow path, but the government’s White Paper on Brexit is another step towards giving Parliament a role in the Brexit negotiations. It’s not been without a struggle, though. Because we are still a representative...

Posted 03 Feb 2017

The public need a say on where power will lie after Brexit

So Theresa May has fleshed out her plans for Britain leaving the EU and becoming an independent self-governing nation.  With more detail emerging about the economic plan, it’s time to look at the democratic implications. Serious thinking...

Posted 18 Jan 2017

Citizens' Assembly on Brexit

Local democracy in Scotland needs all of us

Here’s a fact for you: a quarter of Scots in a recent BMG poll for the ERS said they would rather finish the ironing than go and vote in a council election.  While our commitment to neat...

Posted 12 Dec 2016

Our Democracy

Democracy Matters: Why we need ‘A Better Referendum’

This is a guest blog by Professor Matthew Flinders. The opinions expressed here are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of the Electoral Reform Society.  Life, it would often appear, seems dominated...

Posted 23 May 2016