UK Constitutional Law Association

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Sam Fowles: The Trade Bill 2018: A Step Towards Parliamentary Control of Treaty Making?

The Trade Bill 2017-19, currently undergoing its second reading in the House of Lords, marks a significant step in the evolution of the UK’s constitution in that it gives Parliament … Continue reading

September 14, 2018 · 2 Comments

Jack Simson Caird: Parliament’s Right to a ‘Meaningful Vote’: Amendments to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On Tuesday 12 June 2018, the Government will ask the House of Commons to reject the Lords’ meaningful vote amendment to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill (Lords Amendment 19). If the … Continue reading

June 11, 2018 · 3 Comments

Francis Young: “Packing” the Lords: Some Legal Reflections

The recent string of Government defeats in the House of Lords over amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has reignited the debate over the role of the Lords in … Continue reading

May 16, 2018 · 18 Comments

Eric King and Daniella Lock: Investigatory Powers Bill: Key Changes Made by the Lords

What was formerly known as the Investigatory Powers Bill has received Royal Assent and is now the Investigatory Powers Act. The Bill was first published in draft form in November … Continue reading

December 1, 2016 · 9 Comments

Keith Ewing: A Review of the Miller Decision

I Shortly after the referendum on 23 June, demands were made that continuing EU membership should now be considered by Parliament, with a view it seems to stop BREXIT happening, … Continue reading

November 10, 2016 · 12 Comments

Joe Tomlinson, Jake Rylatt and Duncan Fairgrieve: And Then There Were Eleven: Some Context on the Supreme Court Sitting En Banc in the Article 50 Case

Santos and M v Secretary of State for Exiting The European Union, the “Brexit” case regarding the interpretation of Article 50 Treaty on European Union, is widely expected to reach … Continue reading

November 9, 2016 · 11 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

Meg Russell and Daniel Gover: The Lords, Financial Privilege and the EU Referendum Franchise

Cross-posted from the Constitution Unit blog. The House of Lords amended the government’s European Union Referendum Bill in order to allow 16 and 17-year-olds to vote in the referendum. Last … Continue reading

December 16, 2015 · Leave a comment

Graham John Wheeler: When Should the Lords Reject Secondary Legislation?

On 26 October 2015, the House of Lords debated the Tax Credits (Income Thresholds and Determination of Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2015. The Regulations were approved, but subject to two riders. … Continue reading

December 7, 2015 · 2 Comments

Robert Brett Taylor: The House of Lords and Constitutional Conventions: The Case for Legislative Reform

On October 26th 2015 a majority of Peers within the House of Lords defeated the Conservative Government’s plans to reform child tax credit by supporting two motions put forward by … Continue reading

November 16, 2015 · 4 Comments

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