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Brexit Referendum: Five Years On (IfG)

24 June 2021, 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Panel discussion hosted by the Institute for Government, looking at the impact of the referendum on the governance of the UK and at the meaning of Brexit for the future of the union.

The vote to leave the European Union on 23 June 2016 marked the start of a tumultuous period in British politics. The government was set on a collision course with parliament over what Brexit really meant. The civil service began to untangle 43 years of EU membership, building up new capabilities and preparing for new responsibilities. And the Brexit effect placed the United Kingdom under huge strain – with growing support for independence in Scotland and a new border in the Irish Sea.

What impact has the referendum had on the governance of the UK? Has control really returned to parliament, or to the government? And what does Brexit mean for the future of the union?



  • Luke Graham, former MP for Ochil and South Perthshire, 2017-19 and former head of the Union Unit in No10
  • Lord McDonald of Salford, former Permanent Under-Secretary at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, 2015-20
  • Lisa O’Carroll, Brexit Correspondent at The Guardian

Chair: Maddy Thimont Jack, Associate Director at the Institute for Government


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24 June 2021
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm
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