The constitution after coronavirus Dr. Andrew Blick King's College London; Senior Adviser, The Constitution Society The coronavirus emergency is profound in its constitutional implications. They involve both the immediate response and the … [Read more...] about The Constitution After Coronavirus – discussion paper by Andrew Blick
How resilient is our constitution? This question is becoming one of increasing pertinence in the UK. All democratic systems have within them protective mechanisms. One objective of these devices is to prevent abuses, such as violations of the rule of … [Read more...] about Populism and the UK Constitution by Andrew Blick
Since the failure of the Indicative Votes, many have proposed using the using preferential voting (the Alternative Vote) instead. However, this carries its own risks – strategic voting and a perverse winner. Majority Judgement would be … [Read more...] about Indicative Votes – would a different voting system be better?
The House of Commons and the Brexit Deal: A Veto Player or a Driver of Policy? A key concern for the House of Commons when voting on the proposed deal with the European Union will be not only the merits of the agreement itself, but what happens if … [Read more...] about Blog by Andrew Kennon on The House of Commons and the Brexit Deal
The following is the full transcript of the speech the Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP gave at the Constitution Society's Inaugural Public Lecture on 23rd January 2018, on 'A backbencher's view of Brexit'. The event was kindly hosted by UCL's … [Read more...] about Dominic Grieve QC MP: A backbencher’s view of Brexit
The constitutional implications of a second referendum The idea of a second EU referendum of some kind, though highly controversial, is now a prominent part of public debate in the UK. Whatever view one takes of the first vote, either of its … [Read more...] about The constitutional implications of a second EU referendum
2016/17 has been a turbulent year politically. We saw a vote to leave the European Union (EU), a change of Prime Minister, a Supreme Court judgment imposing limits on the powers of the executive, the triggering of Article 50 and the call of a snap … [Read more...] about Brexit & the UK Constitution – 2016/17 year in review
Text from a talk given by Sir Thomas Legg on Tuesday 9 May 2017, for History & Policy at King's College London. 'Government and the Rule of Law' is also available in an audio format here. Introduction This talk is going to be half-way … [Read more...] about Sir Thomas Legg on Government and the Rule of Law: Reflections on a Career at the Frontier
These are extended notes from a talk given by Andrew Kennon at the Constitution Society’s seminar on ‘Brexit and the Constitution’, on 5 May 2017 at St Matthew’s Conference Centre, London. Andrew spoke on our 'Brexit and Parliament' panel, focusing … [Read more...] about Andrew Kennon’s extended notes on ‘Brexit and the House of Commons’ from our ‘Brexit and the Constitution’ Conference
Text of Nat le Roux’s presentation on Parliamentary Sovereignty at the McDougall Trust workshop, 9th November 2016: The governing norm of our constitution is the principle of Parliamentary Sovereignty, which means that Parliament is the supreme … [Read more...] about Is there a tension between Parliamentary Democracy and referendums?
The original article can be found on the Better Government Initiative website. THE CHILCOT REPORT: LESSONS FOR THE MACHINERY OF GOVERNMENT A commentary by the Better Government Initiative Key Issues 1. The Chilcot report offers many lessons on … [Read more...] about Commentary by the Better Government Initiative: The Chilcot Report – Lessons for the Machinery of Government
Shortly after the opening of the debate on the Queen’s Speech on 18 May, rumours began to circulate about a controversial amendment to the traditional, formulaic Motion for an Address of thanks that was going to be tabled. That in itself is … [Read more...] about The Queen’s Speech: An Unsatisfactory Reply?