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What Are the Constitutional Consequences of Brexit?

Chatham House, London


Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC, MP for Beaconsfield, Attorney General (2010-14)
Dorothy Livingston, Consultant in Competition, Regulation and Trade, Herbert Smith Freehills LLP
Dr Rowena Moffatt, Doughty Street Chambers; Author, Brexit: The Immediate Legal Consequences
Chair: Thomas Raines, Research Fellow and Programme Manager, Europe Programme, Chatham House


An unwritten constitution, a free press, an independent judiciary and a neutral civil service: the UK vote to leave the European Union throws up a variety of constitutional questions that impact on all these institutions, some of which are already being tested and challenged in the courts and in Parliament.

This event brings together legal and political experts to analyse the logistics of triggering Article 50 and the potential constitutional consequences of doing so. The panel will outline the political impact on Whitehall and Westminster now that Parliament is to vote on Article 50 as well as the legal consequences of seeking to unravel EU law from domestic law - particularly regarding the different interests of the devolved governments and legislators.

The panellists will end by bringing both the political and legal aspects together to discuss how leaving the EU via a referendum impacts more widely on British democracy and the UK’s unwritten constitution.