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The five legacies of the Brexit parliament

The years of 2017-19 were in many ways novel in Westminster, but in the turbulence, deep problems were exposed which are still with us today

By Joe Marshall  

"Many problems exposed in the last parliament—from the weakness of scrutiny to the need to improve parliament as a workplace—are as relevant now as they were under a minority government." Photo: NurPhoto/PA Images

The coronavirus crisis has put the political turmoil of the “Brexit parliament” into sharp perspective. MPs have—until recently at least—largely set aside their differences and worked collegiately to respond to the pandemic. Yet only a few months ago, parliament was gridlocked over Brexit. Without the combination of majority government and strong party loyalty that usually smooth parliamentary business in Westminster, trust between government and parliament evaporated and the…

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