Constitution Reform Group at the ‘Remaking the UK Constitution’ conference – University of Oxford, Friday 22 February 2019

The Rt Hon Gisela Stuart, a member of the Constitution Reform Group Steering Committee, will be participating in the “Brexit and the UK Constitution” session at the ‘Remaking the UK Constitution’ conference at the University of Oxford between 2pm to 4pm on Friday 22 February 2019.

The two-day conference will be jointly hosted by the Bonavero Institute of Human Rights, The Bingham Centre for the Rule of Law and The Constitution Unit at University College London. The conference will bring together senior politicians, leading scholars, legal practitioners, policymakers, civil servants, and leading journalists to create an accessible and influential set of debates and exchanges. The event will also be recorded so that it becomes a public event that is informed by arguments and information of the highest intellectual quality.

The purpose of the conference is to discuss how to remake the UK constitution in a democratically legitimate matter, and it will focus on the constitutional process which would be capable of gaining broad support – a prerequisite of lasting constitutional design.

The “Brexit and the UK Constitution” session panel will be chaired by Lord David Anderson QC (Brick Court Chambers). Alongside the Rt Hon Gisela Stuart (Constitution Reform Group), other panellists will include Anthony Barnett (Co-Founder, openDemocracy), Frances Foley (Compass), Dr Elliot Bulmer (Constitution Building Programme of the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance).

The panel will explore the contemporary opportunities for building a broad-based political consensus about the need for a constitutional remaking process in light of the UK’s impending departure from the EU and what that process should be. Panellists will also address the prospects of building such consensus, the current opportunities for remaking the UK constitution and what steps might be required to start the process.

For more information about the conference, and to access the full two-day programme, please visit the University of Oxford website.

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