On Wednesday 24 July 2019, I was in Parliament giving evidence on citizens' assemblies to the Exiting the European Union Committee, as part of its over-arching inquiry examining the progress of the UK’s negotiations on EU withdrawal.
At the session, the Committee examined the potential role of citizens’ assemblies in identifying a way forward in the Brexit process. My fellow panellists were Dr Alan Renwick, Deputy Director of UCL's Constitution Unit, and Professor David Farrell, School of Politics and International Relations at University College Dublin. The Committee asked how citizens’ assemblies are organised, what can be learned from recent successful examples in Ireland (on abortion and same-sex marriage) and what issues a citizens’ assembly on Brexit might consider.
You can read the transcript of the session, by downloading the PDF below: