“Taking Back Control? The UK Parliament and the Brexit Withdrawal Negotiations”, Tim Oliver (IAI, Italy)

Tim Oliver, Taking Back Control? The UK Parliament and the Brexit Withdrawal Negotiations, IAI Commentaries, 19:10, IAI, February 2019

Britain’s vote to withdraw from the EU triggered a series of debates about the nature of the British state and political system, not least the role of the UK parliament. While focus has been on UK-EU negotiations, institutional developments within the UK have been equally important to anybody wishing to understand Brexit.

Brexit is as much about what sort of country Britain wants to be as it is about UK-EU relations. While the Vote Leave campaign urged the British people to “take back control”, it is unclear where control would be taken back to or who it would be taken from. This is because there are conflicting understandings of where power lies in the UK.

Read the full paper here.