UK Constitutional Law Association

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Elizabeth Adams: Prisoners’ Voting Rights: Case Closed?

On 6 December 2018, the Committee of Ministers of the Council of Europe closed the supervision of the prisoners’ voting rights cases against the United Kingdom (UK) and adopted final … Continue reading

January 30, 2019 · 1 Comment

Stephen Laws: Why a Money Resolution with Queen’s Recommendation Is Required for a Bill for the Postponing or Cancelling of “Exit Day”

In a post on this blog yesterday, Andrew Denny argued that I was wrong to suggest that a money resolution, with Crown recommendation, would be needed under the Standing Orders … Continue reading

January 29, 2019 · Leave a comment

Andrew Denny: Would a Bill Seeking an Article 50 Extension Require a Money Resolution Proposed by the Government?

Introduction The on-going constitutional laboratory experiment that is Brexit has now turned to the question of whether a bill proposed by a backbench MP can be passed into law against … Continue reading

January 28, 2019 · 5 Comments

UKCLA membership renewal for 2019

Dear UKCLA members, Thank you for your support in 2018, which has been a successful year for the Association. Your membership provides support for the blog, for the events we … Continue reading

January 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Robert Craig: Could the Government Advise the Queen to Refuse Royal Assent to a Backbench Bill?

Introduction As is well known, the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement was voted down in Parliament last week by 230 votes in a ‘meaningful vote’ mandated under s 13(1) of European Withdrawal … Continue reading

January 22, 2019 · 35 Comments

Weekly round-up of events

This week’s event announcement is below. ~~~ ICON-S British-Irish Chapter Annual Conference The United Kingdom’s Withdrawal from the European Union (?) Domestic and European Constitutional Implications University of Strathclyde, 24 … Continue reading

January 18, 2019 · Leave a comment

Jan van Zyl Smit: After Poland’s Attempted Purge of ‘Communist-era’ Judges, Do We Need New International Standards for Post-authoritarian Countries Reforming Their Judiciary? (Part II)

Editors’ note: This is Part II of a two-part contribution. You can read Part I HERE. In Part I of this blog post, I discussed the recent attempt by the … Continue reading

January 16, 2019 · 2 Comments

Jan van Zyl Smit: After Poland’s Attempted Purge of ‘Communist-era’ Judges, Do We Need New International Standards for Post-authoritarian Countries Reforming Their Judiciary? (Part I)

Editors’ note: This is the first of a two-part contribution, the second part of which will appear on the blog tomorrow. For most of last year, the government of Poland … Continue reading

January 15, 2019 · 6 Comments

Kenneth Campbell: Constitutional Dogs That Barked and Dogs That Did Not: The Scottish Continuity Bill in the Supreme Court

Introductory Somewhat overshadowed by the Wightman saga, and the unscheduled Conservative leadership demarche, the UKSC decision in the UK Withdrawal from the European Union (Legal Continuity)(Scotland) Bill compatibility reference was … Continue reading

January 14, 2019 · 2 Comments

Philip Allott: The Problem of Direct Democracy: Brexit and the Tyranny of the Majority

The Brexit process has been a major event in British constitutional history, and in the history of constitutionalism in general.  It originated in the positions taken by two Prime Ministers.  … Continue reading

January 10, 2019 · 21 Comments

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