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Robert Brett Taylor: The West Lothian Question, EVEL and the 2017 General Election

Despite losing their majority in the general election on 8th June, the Conservative Party remains the largest party in the Commons.  Consequently, Theresa May is seeking to form a minority … Continue reading

June 13, 2017 · 6 Comments

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

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 · 2 Comments

Thomas Fairclough: Constitutional Change, Standing Orders, and EVEL: A Step in the Wrong Direction?

In their 2015 General Election manifesto the Conservative Party promised to end the “manifest unfairness” whereby Scotland could decide its own laws within areas of devolved competence only to have … Continue reading

February 22, 2016 · 6 Comments

Paul Reid: ‘English votes on English law’: Just Another Running Repair

It has taken a while, but we have a solution to the West Lothian question, so we are told. English votes, on English law. By amending the Standing Orders of … Continue reading

October 28, 2015 · 1 Comment

Paul Scott: The Upper Chamber and the Territorial Constitution

Editors’ note: This post is based upon a conference paper presented at the UKCLA conference ‘Debating the Constitution after the General Election’ held at the University of Manchester on 24  … Continue reading

July 22, 2015 · Leave a comment

Robert Hazell:You want a constitutional convention? This is what you need to think through first.

In the run up to the Scottish independence referendum, and its aftermath, calls have grown for a constitutional convention to discuss further devolution, as well as wider constitutional reforms. Yet … Continue reading

October 15, 2014 · 1 Comment

Aileen McHarg: What Does the Union Need to Do to Survive?

The victory for the No campaign in last week’s referendum means that, for the foreseeable future, Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom, and that its (domestic) governance will … Continue reading

September 26, 2014 · 2 Comments

Barry Winetrobe: The West Lothian Dead End: Asking the Wrong Question after the Scottish Referendum

Barry Winetrobe argues that the sudden focus on the ‘West Lothian/English Question’ is misconceived, and that it is just a surrogate for the more salient issue of sub-national financial arrangements. … Continue reading

September 23, 2014 · 6 Comments

Cormac Mac Amhlaigh: For a Constitutional Convention for the United Kingdom

The referendum has come and gone and there is a mix of numbness and relief intermingled into the haar which descended upon Edinburgh several days ago but failed to dampen … Continue reading

September 22, 2014 · 7 Comments

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