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The EU (Withdrawal) Bill raises questions about the role of smaller opposition parties in the legislative process

Wednesday, 20 June 2018

The EU (Withdrawal) Bill’s return to the Commons saw SNP MPs protest about their voices having been excluded from the debate. Louise Thompson explains how parliamentary procedures can indeed restrict debate for smaller opposition parties, and considers whether something ought to be done about it. Following the first session of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill’s return to the […]

Why we need a Committee for Future Generations in the House of Lords

Friday, 15 June 2018

The Foundation for Democracy and Sustainable Development has proposed that the House of Lords establish a Committee for Future Generations to review legislation. It is hoped that such a body would reduce the short-termism that can creep into legislative and executive decision-making. Graham Smith explains why this Committee is needed and how it could work in […]

What is the Salisbury convention, and have the Lords broken it over Brexit?

Tuesday, 12 June 2018

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill returns to the Commons today for consideration of the numerous amendments made during its eventful passage though the Lords. Some commentators have accused the Lords of exceeding their constitutional authority, with the Salisbury convention being cited in defence of this position. David Beamish discusses how the convention operates and argues that the […]

Ten Things to Know about the next Accession and Coronation

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

Last month Robert Hazell and Bob Morris published two reports about the next Accession and Coronation, which were discussed in a previous blog. Along the way they gathered a lot of extra information, which has now been publishedwhich has now been published on the Monarchy pages of the Constitution Unit website. The following represents a […]

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