Constitutional reform

The government’s approach to the UK constitution: cause for concern

Alex Walker
By: Alex Walker

With Parliament returning this week, the government will continue legislating on a range of constitutional issues, including the calling of UK general elections, political protest, and voter identification. Although its programme of constitutional … [Read more...] about The government’s approach to the UK constitution: cause for concern

So long, EVEL and the FTPA: one step forward, one step back?

Alex Walker
By: Alex Walker

The doctrine that the UK Parliament is sovereign and cannot bind its successors is at the heart of the UK constitution. It means that the government of the day can replace, amend or repeal with relative ease any constitutional legislation passed by … [Read more...] about So long, EVEL and the FTPA: one step forward, one step back?

Report of the Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act: summary note

By: Malcolm Jack

The Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act reported on 18 March 2021. What follows is a brief summary of its core conclusions. As I have said previously on this blog, it is essential that the Committee’s recommendations and view of the … [Read more...] about Report of the Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act: summary note

The Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act: an update

Alex Walker
By: Alex Walker

The Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act, which met for the first time on 26 November 2020, has now finished its oral evidence sessions. This blog will attempt to give a brief overview of some the issues that have been investigated by … [Read more...] about The Joint Committee on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act: an update

The Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission: death by independent review

Alex Walker
By: Alex Walker

One passage in particular from the 2019 Conservative General Election manifesto has generated considerable discussion among constitutional observers. It comprised the promise that, if elected, a Conservative government would set up a Constitution, … [Read more...] about The Constitution, Democracy and Rights Commission: death by independent review

How could the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 be improved?

By: Thomas Fleming and Petra Schleiter

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 made major changes to the way that general elections are called in the United Kingdom. It took away the prime minister’s ability to call early elections at a time of their choosing, and handed this power instead to … [Read more...] about How could the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 be improved?