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Publications

The Constitutional Status of Northern Ireland: Consent, Acquiescence, Subjugation, Indifference

A key theme in the debate about the governance of Northern Ireland is the interpretation of the concept of consent, which lies at the heart of the 1998 Belfast/Good FridayAgreement. Consent is fundamental to any stable form of government, and what … [Read more...] about The Constitutional Status of Northern Ireland: Consent, Acquiescence, Subjugation, Indifference

Cracking the Whip: The UK’s Party Control System

After the fall of the Nazi regime, in 1949, in an attempt to ensure against the rise of future dictatorships, the new German constitution included the right of German MPs to be ‘representatives of the whole people, not bound by orders or … [Read more...] about Cracking the Whip: The UK’s Party Control System

Europe’s Last Imperial Monarchy – An Analysis of the British Royal Family

With the passing of the late Queen in September of 2022 and the coronation of King Charles III in May of 2023, the UK monarchy has overcome a period of great upheaval with a minimum of fuss. Despite some predictions, support for the monarchy has … [Read more...] about Europe’s Last Imperial Monarchy – An Analysis of the British Royal Family

Labour could win increased majority by turning against Brexit, new poll finds

New polling for The Constitution Society has revealed the Labour Party would remain on course to regain all Red Wall seats and could expand its overall support if it said Brexit was a mistake. The polling suggests that the Party could even win an … [Read more...] about Labour could win increased majority by turning against Brexit, new poll finds

THE ‘MODERN’ BILL OF RIGHTS BILL: Substituting ‘common sense’ with contradictory constitutionalism

Calls for reforming or replacing the Human Rights Act with a Bill of Rights have had difficulty progressing due to a lack of consensus on what such reform would contain and the process by which it would come about. As part of its 2019 … [Read more...] about THE ‘MODERN’ BILL OF RIGHTS BILL: Substituting ‘common sense’ with contradictory constitutionalism

An accident waiting to happen? Voter ID in the 2023 English local elections

This report examines the potential impacts of the Elections Act 2022 and the introduction of the requirement to show ID to vote in Great Britain. The importance of electoral integrity became part of the debate surrounding UK elections following the … [Read more...] about An accident waiting to happen? Voter ID in the 2023 English local elections

Senedd reform: progress (of a sort) by Hugh Rawlings

On 30 May 2022, the Special Purpose Committee established to consider the prospect of a larger Senedd published its report. The report's proposals are bold, calling for a 96-Member Senedd elected via a more proportional electoral system. In this … [Read more...] about Senedd reform: progress (of a sort) by Hugh Rawlings