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Robert Craig: Zombie Prerogatives Should Remain Decently Buried: Replacing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Part 2)

Editors’ note: This is the second of a two-part contribution. The first part may be found here. Part 2: What should replace the FTPA? A previous post argued that a … Continue reading

May 25, 2017 · 1 Comment

Robert Craig: Zombie Prerogatives Should Remain Decently Buried: Replacing the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Part 1)

Editors’ note: This is the first part of a two-part contribution. The second part will be posted tomorrow. Part 1: Would the prerogative be revived? I In the light of … Continue reading

May 24, 2017 · 5 Comments

Lea Raible and Leah Trueblood: The Swiss System of Referendums and the Impossibility of Direct Democracy

The referendums in the United Kingdom of 2011, 2014, and 2016 have sparked a debate about the merits of direct democracy. In this debate references to the system of referendums … Continue reading

April 4, 2017 · Leave a comment

Graham John Wheeler: Referendums That Time Forgot

It is well known that the first national referendum in the UK was the 1975 poll on EEC membership. It is also quite well known that A.V. Dicey called for … Continue reading

February 17, 2017 · 4 Comments

Marco Goldoni: Constitutional Referendums as Vectors of Regime-building: Observations from the Italian Case

It is referendums’ season. After Brexit and the Hungarian referendum on the European migrants’ resettlement plans (the so called ‘quota referendum’), an important constitutional plebiscite will take place in Italy … Continue reading

October 21, 2016 · 2 Comments

Piet Eeckhout: The UK Decision to Withdraw from the EU: Parliament or Government?

The litigation concerning the triggering of Art 50 TEU is under way, with hearings this past week and early next.  It is the constitutional case of the century.  The Government’s … Continue reading

October 15, 2016 · 13 Comments

Robert Craig: Report of Proceedings: Miller v Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

Introduction Thursday 13 October 2016 marked the beginning of the hearing over the constitutional question of whether Article 50 may be triggered by the Government without further statutory authorisation. This … Continue reading

October 14, 2016 · 48 Comments