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Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney: House of Lords Constitution Committee Reports on ‘English Votes for English Laws’

The House of Lords Constitution Committee (‘the Committee’) today issues its report on ‘English Votes for English Laws’ (‘EVEL’). The report examines the new arrangements for the passage of legislation … Continue reading

November 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Leonard Besselink: Beyond Notification: How to Leave the European Union without Using Article 50 TEU

In legal terms, the referendum on EU membership in the UK is an advisory abrogative referendum. It needs to be given effect, if at all, by the competent authorities, primarily … Continue reading

June 30, 2016 · 10 Comments

Mark Elliott and Stephen Tierney: The House of Lords Constitution Committee Report on ‘The Union and Devolution’

The House of Lords Constitution Committee today publishes its report on ‘The Union and devolution’. This post draws attention to some of its main findings. The Constitution Committee’s report on … Continue reading

May 25, 2016 · 2 Comments

Barbara Guastaferro: Disowning Edmund Burke? The Constitutional Implications of EVEL on Political Representation

“Parliament is not a congress of ambassadors from different and hostile interests; which interests each must maintain, as an agent and advocate, against other agents and advocates” but rather “a … Continue reading

May 2, 2016 · 1 Comment

Robert Thomas: Local Government Devolution in England

Cross-posted from the Centre on Constitutional Change. At last, devolution is happening in England, but there are some areas of concern especially as regards the lack of public engagement and … Continue reading

March 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Christine Bell: A Modest Proposal: Power-sharing for the UK

This blog argues that the UK is moving towards a form of consociational (political power-sharing) constitutional settlement. I consider whether embracing and developing its silent consociational elements could form the … Continue reading

November 13, 2015 · 2 Comments

David Feldman: ‘England’ as a Legal and Constitutional Notion

Proposed changes to devolution arrangements in the UK have given rise to the idea of restricting parliamentary votes on ‘English laws’ to ‘English’ M.P.s (‘English votes for English laws’, or … Continue reading

October 14, 2015 · 3 Comments