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.
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The Queen’s speech, the Johnson government, and the constitution – lessons from the 2021-22 session
The new parliamentary session began last week, with a Queen’s speech that laid out a highly ambitious volume of new bills. Many of these are likely to prove controversial – including planned constitutional measures. To assess how the government might proceed, and how this might play out in parliament, it is useful to look back… [Read More…]about The Queen’s speech, the Johnson government, and the constitution – lessons from the 2021-22 session
Conference: Executive power and the UK constitution
On Friday 22 April, The Constitution Society held a conference that looked at the power of the executive within the UK political system. Speakers at the conference considered the nature the government’s power and its relationship with the institutions responsible for reviewing and checking its actions – in particular, the UK Parliament and the judiciary.… [Read More…]about Conference: Executive power and the UK constitution
A new constitutional partnership for these isles
The ongoing Independent Commission on the Constitutional Future of Wales should recognise the political and constitutional realities across all four nations of the UK when exploring the nature of the Union going forward. The fact that the four constituent nations of the UK took different tacks in their responses to the Covid-19 challenges in recent… [Read More…]about A new constitutional partnership for these isles
Is the UK sliding into state capture?
Professor Liz David-Barrett delivered the keynote speech at The Constitution Society’s conference ‘Executive Power and the UK Constitution’. Is the UK sliding into state capture? This is the question that I will seek to address. I will first describe the phenomenon of state capture and provide a model for thinking about it as influence over… [Read More…]about Is the UK sliding into state capture?
Removing a Prime Minister
We can divide departures of prime ministers into two broad categories. The first type comes after a General Election, when a party (or group of parties) other than that of the outgoing premier becomes able to command the confidence of the House of Commons. The second general category comes between general elections, when a Prime… [Read More…]about Removing a Prime Minister
Electoral pacts and the UK constitution: an update one year on by Andrew Blick
A year ago, The Constitution Society commissioned a large-scale poll investigating how the public would respond to a formal electoral pact between the Labour Party, the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party. It predicted that at the height of the Conservatives’ ‘vaccine-boost’, an electoral alliance could deprive the party of its majority. One year on,… [Read More…]about Electoral pacts and the UK constitution: an update one year on by Andrew Blick
The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and Brexit by Andrew McCormick
Nearly six years after the referendum, the Northern Ireland aspect of Brexit is still causing controversy, and the significance of the Belfast/Good Friday Agreement of 1998 is a recurrent theme. As part of their opposition to the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, some unionists have said that the 1998 Agreement is no longer acceptable to them.… [Read More…]about The Belfast/Good Friday Agreement and Brexit by Andrew McCormick
The Political Constitution: An Idea Worth Protecting? by Daniel Skeffington
This new report from The Constitution Society examines the idea of the political constitution in the United Kingdom, asking whether it is still worth protecting as a concept. The report’s author, Constitution Society Research Fellow Daniel Skeffington, answers with a qualified ‘yes’. He argues that the political constitution remains an important concept within our complex… [Read More…]about The Political Constitution: An Idea Worth Protecting? by Daniel Skeffington