Representative Democracy in the EU: Not such a clean break: Westminster's continuous oversight of EU affairs post-Brexit

Opinion piece (CEPS)
09 May 2019

Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska of the CER contributed a chapter titled 'Not such a clean break: Westminster's continuous oversight of EU affairs post-Brexit', see page 333, in Representative Democracy in the EU.

This chapter assesses the state of representative democracy in the UK and how British parliamentarians have dealt with EU affairs in the course of the UK’s membership of the European Union. First, it briefly analyses the flaws of the British representative democracy as revealed by the 2016 referendum on the UK’s membership in the EU. Second, it looks at Westminster’s past scrutiny of the government’s European policy and asks whether parliamentarians’ increased interest in the future EU-UK relationship could translate into more effective parliamentary oversight of European matters post-Brexit. Third, the chapter makes a series of recommendations for improving cooperation between parliament and government in the next phases of the Brexit talks, and looks at how Westminster might remain plugged into EU decision-making.