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

Conference: France-United Kingdom – Two Constitutions After Brexit

By: The Constitution Society

On Friday 13 May, The Constitution Society held a conference at the French Senate in Paris looking at a range of topical constitutional issues – from the Northern Ireland Protocol to retained EU law. Recordings from the various panels and talks given at the event, which was organised in collaboration with Dr Sophie Loussouarn from… [Read More…]about Conference: France-United Kingdom – Two Constitutions After Brexit

New job opportunity: Research Fellow

By: The Constitution Society

Closing date: 8 June 2022 Job title: Research Fellow Location: Westminster, London Salary: £2,000 pcm Length of contract: 4 months fixed term Job details The Constitution Society is an independent, non-party educational foundation which works to promote informed debate about constitutional reform. The Society publishes papers and a regular blog on constitutional topics by leading… [Read More…]about New job opportunity: Research Fellow

New job opportunity: Communications Manager and Researcher

By: The Constitution Society

Closing date: 8 June 2022 Job title: Communications Manager and Researcher Salary: £35,000 p/a  Location: Westminster, London Length of contract: Permanent Main duties and responsibilities Managing the Society’s social media accounts, in particular Twitter Summarising research and contributing to the Society’s blog Communicating new research and writing to a range of audiences Uploading content to… [Read More…]about New job opportunity: Communications Manager and Researcher

The Queen’s speech, the Johnson government, and the constitution – lessons from the 2021-22 session

By: Lisa James

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

By: The Constitution Society

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

Latest publications

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