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Parliament in the United Kingdom

5. Brexit

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In this module, we think about Brexit (so far) and what it can tell us about executive-legislative relations in the UK Parliament. In particular, we focus on: (i) the nature of Brexit as a particularly divisive political issue, and its impact on both inter- and intra-party conflict; (ii) the parliamentary context: the weakness of the Conservative Party and the strength of the DUP; (iii) the methods used by the government to push their plans through parliament; (iv) the methods used by parliament to hold the government to account and scrutinise proposed legislation; (v) the role of the Speaker of the House; and (vi) some concluding thoughts on the future of the legislative-executive relationship.


In this course, Dr Louise Thompson (University of Manchester) explores the role of parliament in the United Kingdom, focusing in particular on the relationship the executive and the legislative branches of government. In the first module, we think about when and how conflict occurs between government and parliament, and why it matters. After that, in the second module, we think about divisions in parliament and the ability of parliament to say no to government. In the third module, we explore the importance and role of political parties, before turning in the fourth module to the role of the House of Lords. Finally, in the fifth module, we think about Brexit and what it can tells us about the relationship between government and parliament.


Louise Thompson is Senior Lecturer in Politics at the University of Manchester. Her research focuses on the UK Parliament, particularly the legislative process, committees, political parties and public engagement within Parliament. Her wider research interests are in legislative studies, British politics and constitutional reform. Louise has published widely on the impact of parliament on government legislation and continues to research in this area.

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Thompson, L. (2020, February 21). Parliament in the United Kingdom - Brexit [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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Thompson, L. "Parliament in the United Kingdom – Brexit." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 21 Feb 2020,