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The main challenges facing select committees

A former Clerk of Committees in the House of Commons says Brexit presents problems but also opportunities

By Andrew Kennon  

Photo: Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/PA Images


Brexit will not be over by the end of March 2019. As the unknowns become known, new policy solutions will be needed. At a time when both government and opposition front-benches are stymied on policy-making, there is a great opportunity for cross-party committees to come up with solutions which the front-benches can readily adopt. This may require committees to shift their emphasis from identifying problems and allocating blame to devising workable answers and selling them to colleagues.

Set against this opportunity is the challenge of…

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