Populism and the Constitution: The Case of Britain in the Wake of the EU Referendum

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Professor Denis Galligan, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies, University of Oxford

As part of Wolfson College's 50th Anniversary celebrations, Professor of Socio-Legal Studies Denis Galligan delivers a seminar to assess the constitutional implications of the EU Referendum result.

In the seminar, he confronts the common consensus that the EU Referendum is binding on Parliament, to argue that it is, in fact, merely advisory. In developing his argument, he explores the democratic principles behind referenda and the central tension within the Constitution regarding the will of the people and the sovereignty of Parliament. Reflecting on evolving popular attitudes toward the political system, he suggests that institutions may need to change to accommodate these new attitudes, in order to check the rise of populist movements contrary to the Common Good. 

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