Theresa May does not have a majority in the UK Parliament. But Commons voting on the Queen’s Speech last week, in which MPs rejected an amendment guaranteeing a parliamentary vote on the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, showed that Westminster is unlikely to force the prime minister to be more open about the government’s objectives.
Agata Gostyńska-Jakubowska argues that the best hope for citizens, businesses and other interest groups affected by Brexit is to look to the EU institutions for information and influence. Unlike the British government, the EU institutions have been transparent about their negotiating objectives and red lines from the moment the UK voted to leave the EU. She argues that Theresa May is wrong if she thinks that she can ignore the EU institutions and negotiate the UK’s exit directly with the 27 governments. She offers a guidebook for stakeholders on how they should conduct their advocacy in Brussels.