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Select committees and Brexit: new free-to-access article from our project


A new article based on research from our project has just been published in Parliamentary Affairs and is free to access here.

The article is the first comprehensive study of House of Commons departmental select committees and Brexit. We analyse the incidence of divisions (i.e. formal votes) on Brexit-related issues in select committees, showing that unanimity remains the norm with the exception of the Exiting the EU Committee, which is the most divided select committee of recent times. We examine government responses to committee recommendations on Brexit and show that most have been partially accepted but that the level of policy change, rather than divisions on recommendations, is the main factor explaining variation. There is greater success for recommendations suggesting a lower degree of change. Committees have also had indirect influence, shaping the agenda and bringing information into the public domain.