🎧 Listened to: Brexit Lessons

Episode summary: We try to draw some wider lessons from the nightmare that the Brexit process has now become. What have we learned about the relationship between parliament and the executive? Is there any way that the Article 50 process could have worked? And what conclusions will other countries reach about how hard it is to leave the EU? Plus we talk about the recent report from the Hansard Society indicating that the British public is more open than ever to the idea of a ‘strong leader’. With Helen Thompson and Kenneth Armstrong. Talking Points: The Cooper Act has been rushed through both houses—but has it really changed anything? - Very little in this act actually constrains the government. - No deal isn’t off the table. - Even if it didn’t change much in substantive terms, in constitutional terms, Parliament may have set something in motion. The relationship between the executive and the legislature is under fire in a lot of places. - Executive power tends to be more unrestrained on the international stage. - Treaties…

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