POLICY AND PRACTICE - Brexit: what does it mean for British democracy?

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Brexit has shaken British politics and raised important questions about how our democracy functions. Philip Rycroft, who was the lead civil servant on constitutional issues within the UK Government from 2012 to 2019, will examine how much Brexit has stressed the democratic process. He will look at trust in the institutions of the state and the state of democratic representation across the UK. He will ask what this means for the future of our democratic institutions and for the future of the United Kingdom itself. About the speaker Philip Rycroft worked in the Department for Exiting the European Union (DExEU) between March 2017 and March 2019, from October 2017 as Permanent Secretary. He was responsible for leading the department in all its work on the Government’s preparations for Brexit. From June 2015 to March 2019 he was head of the UK Governance Group in the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for advising ministers on all aspects of the constitution and devolution. From May 2012 to May 2015, he was the Director General in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. Through his career, Philip worked in a variety roles, in the civil service in Scotland and London, in the European Commission and in business. He is now an academic and independent consultant.

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