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Planning the next Accession and Coronation

Robert Hazell and Bob Morris have been working on how to revise and update the three statutory oaths which the new sovereign must swear at accession and coronation. The new King must swear to be a true and faithful Protestant; to uphold the Presbyterian Church of Scotland; and the rights and privileges of the Church of England.  In a newly published report they present for discussion different reformulations of the oaths, updated for the UK’s more diverse and secular society.  A second report explains how the next coronation cannot be anything like that in 1953.  The coronation defines not just royalty, but British identity: how is that identity best represented in all its 21st century diversity?

Starts: May 30, 2018 6:15:00 PM

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Federal reforms in Austria: is now the time to overcome gridlock?

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

The promise of ‘change’ was key for the Austrian Christian Democrats’ landslide victory in last year’s general elections. Recent sub-state polls, however, have perpetuated the influence of incumbent governors – and their power to veto the new government’s plans to reform Austria’s federal system. Patrick Utz analyses the links between current electoral dynamics, the country’s […]

Divided but influential? The Exiting the European Union select committee

Thursday, 10 May 2018

The Select Committee on Exiting the European Union was formed in 2016 following the outcome of the EU referendum. Chaired by former International Development Secretary Hilary Benn, it is in many ways an outlier in the world of Commons committees. Philip Lynch and Richard Whitaker discuss what makes it so unusual and analyse how it has operated since its […]

How Italy experienced (yet another) electoral system and why it may soon change it again

Tuesday, 08 May 2018

This year saw the Italian electorate vote under a new electoral system for the first time. However, this is the fourth time in 25 years that legislative reform has been passed by the Italian parliament. Gianfranco Baldini, Andrea Pedrazzani and Luca Pinto discuss how the new law came about and analyse how it operated in practice.  On 4 March 2018, […]

Clause 11: the Schleswig-Holstein question of the EU Withdrawal Bill

Wednesday, 02 May 2018

Today, the House of Lords will continue its scrutiny of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill by discussing Clause 11, which provides that the power to amend retained EU law in areas currently devolved to Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast would transfer from Brussels to Westminster, rather than to the relevant devolved body. Jim Gallagher discusses how the UK and Scottish […]

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