The Constitution Society

Working to promote informed debate about constitutional reform

The Constitution Society is an independent, non-party educational foundation which works to promote informed debate about constitutional reform. We take no position on specific reform proposals but advocate better legislative standards and oppose ill-considered, piecemeal change.

Latest blog posts

Labour’s plans to clean up politics

Alex Walker
By: Alex Walker

Earlier this week, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party (and shadow minister of too many things to list) Angela Rayner gave a speech at the Institute for Government (IfG) outlining the party’s plans to clean up politics. Rayner attacked the current government for undermining integrity in public life; saving her most forthright criticisms for the… [Read More…]about Labour’s plans to clean up politics

In conversation with Lisa Claire Whitten

By: Lisa Claire Whitten

Professor Andrew Blick is joined by Dr Lisa Claire Whitten, Research Fellow on the ESRC-funded project ‘Governance for a ‘place between’: the Multi-Level Dynamics of Implementing the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland’ based at Queen’s University Belfast. They discuss Lisa’s recent paper for The Constitution Society: Northern Ireland and Brexit: An Explanation. Topics covered include: the… [Read More…]about In conversation with Lisa Claire Whitten

Is Britain ‘politically corrupt’?

By: Robert Barrington

The word corruption has not often been used in UK politics over the past two decades, but the Owen Paterson affair has brought it fully into play. Chris Bryant, Chair of the Parliamentary Standards Committee described Mr Paterson’s lobbying as “a corrupt practice.” Sir John Major took a broader view and told the BBC that the UK… [Read More…]about Is Britain ‘politically corrupt’?

Northern Ireland: a century of uncertainty

By: Seán Bernard Newman

Beyond the arguing over the correct form of address for the Irish president – or should that be President of Ireland – and legal challenges over luminations at Belfast City Hall (neither example is surprising), perhaps the biggest surprise of Northern Ireland’s Centenary Celebrations/Commemorations/‘Events to Mark and Reflect’ (delete as appropriate) is that they are… [Read More…]about Northern Ireland: a century of uncertainty

Treaty accountability

By: Arabella Lang

A distinguished panel at Public Law Project’s recent conference on accountability and the constitution considered the issue of treaty accountability in the UK – a topic that without a developed field of foreign relations law in the UK can often fall between the cracks. In this post I will pick up on a few of… [Read More…]about Treaty accountability

Latest publications

Northern Ireland and Brexit: An Explanation by Lisa Claire Whitten

Northern Ireland was at the heart of the protracted UK-EU withdrawal negotiations and the solution that was eventually reached – the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland – has proved controversial. It has caused economic, social and political disruption in Northern Ireland and continues to be a major point of disagreement between the EU and the UK.… [Read More…]about Northern Ireland and Brexit: An Explanation by Lisa Claire Whitten

The Constitution in Review

First Report from the United Kingdom Constitution Monitoring Group The first report from the UK Constitution Monitoring Group (UKCMG) covers the six-month period from 1 January to 30 June 2021. It analyses legislation, decisions and events during the period against a set of 20 principles the Group has identified as central to the proper operation… [Read More…]about The Constitution in Review

Electoral pacts and the constitution by Andrew Blick

The May elections have prompted increased interest in the idea of an electoral pact between Opposition parties, aimed at defeating the Conservatives. It seems likely that an agreed objective of this kind of a pact would be electoral reform, moving to a more proportional means of determining the composition of the House of Commons. Such… [Read More…]about Electoral pacts and the constitution by Andrew Blick