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To devolve or not to devolve? The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and devolution

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, published last week, is likely to have sizable implications for the future of devolution in the UK. In this post Michael Keating considers these, suggesting that the provisions of the bill may move the UK closer to a more hierarchical model of devolution, in which the broad principles are set in London […]

Pre-appointment scrutiny hearings: parliament’s bark delivers a stronger bite than MPs realise

Thursday, 20 July 2017

For the past decade House of Commons select committees have held pre-appointment scrutiny hearings with preferred candidates for some of the most senior public appointments. Many select committee chairs and members consider these to be a waste of time because there is no power of veto. However, research published in a new Constitution Unit report […]

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: constitutional change and legal continuity

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The long-awaited ‘Great Repeal Bill’, to be known officially as the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, was published last Thursday. The bill is a complex mix of constitutional change and legal continuity. Jack Simson Caird highlights some of its main elements. Nine months after Theresa May first announced that there would be a ‘Great Repeal Bill’, and three […]

The report of the Scottish Parliamentary Reform Commission: Westminster as a model for reforming Holyrood?

Friday, 14 July 2017

The Scottish Parliament’s Commission on Parliamentary Reform, established by the Presiding Officer last year, reported in June. Its recommendations include that committee conveners should be elected by the whole Parliament, changes to First Minister’s Questions, the extension of the legislative process from three stages to five and the establishment of a new backbench committee. Ruxandra […]

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