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In September, the Centre for the Study of Democracy was part of a consortium of universities and civil society organisations that convened a Citizens’ Assembly to engage in detailed, reflective and informed discussions about what the UK’s post-Brexit relations with the European Union should be.

50 members of the public – carefully selected to reflect the diversity of the UK’s population – met over two weekends in Manchester. They learned about the options for Brexit, heard from a wide range of experts and campaigners and deliberated before proceeding to a series of votes on what form Brexit should take.

In this seminar, co-organised with the Constitution Unit, UCL, the organisers explain the Assembly’s procedures and conclusions and two of the UK’s leading Brexit experts reflect on the Assembly’s significance.

Location: Elvin Hall, Room 104, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, London, WC1H 0AL.

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Read the Citizens' Assembly on Brexit summary report


  • Alan Renwick, Director of the Citizens’ Assembly
  • Sarah Allan, Engagement lead, Involve
  • Prof Anand Menon, Director, UK in a Changing Europe, KCL
  • Prof Catherine Barnard, Cambridge
  • Chair: Meg Russell, Director of The Constitution Unit