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ECPR Standing Group on the European Union 10th Biennial Conference LUISS, Rome

The Role of Parliaments in Brexit Negotiations

European Union
Panel Number
Panel Chair
Carlos Closa Montero
Universidad Autònoma de Madrid – Instituto de Políticas y Bienes Públicos del CSIC

25/08/2018 09:00 - 10:40
Building: VMP 5 Floor: Ground Room: Lecture Hall B1
Negotiations on a withdrawal of the United Kingdom (UK) from the European Union (EU) have advanced and the European Parliament (EP), as the responsible legislative body according to article 50, will have to ratify an eventual agreement on the UK’s withdrawal. National parliaments (NPs) also started scrutinizing these negotiations. If the agreement on future UK-EU relations becomes a mixed agreement (as it is the most likely scenario) then NPs will need to ratify it. Yet, public debate and scholarly activity has so far centered on the EU’s institutions, national governments or the UK’s parliament. Little attention has been paid to parliaments in other member states than the UK. This is even though the German Bundestag, for example, has already declared its view that it has a right to participate in the negotiations. Parliamentary involvement has a normative dimension, since questions on the democratic legitimacy of the final deal may be raised but there are also theoretical concerns: Brexit negotiations construct a typical Putnam's two level games and, in cases of de-alignment between the negotiating government and the majority in parliament, instances of defection may emerge risking the whole exercise. This panel aims at discussing the extent to which and why NPs are involved in Brexit affairs. Why are some NPs more involved in the Brexit negotiations than others? We are interested in presenting national cases as well as the EP.

Paper List

Title Details
Article 50 and the Self-Empowerment of the European Parliament in the Brexit Process View Paper Details
Brexit and National Parliaments View Paper Details
Brexit Negotiations as a Mixed Motive Game for National Parliaments: Insights from the UK House of Commons and the German Bundestag View Paper Details
Brexit Under Scrutiny? National Parliaments in Austria and Germany in the Brexit Negotiations View Paper Details
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