Conventions play an important role in many aspects of the UK constitution. Covering the period up to the end of 2019, this paper considers the. operation of conventions within the UK Parliament. It concludes that, in recent years, many … [Read more...] about Parliamentary Conventions by Jacqy Sharpe
The authors argue that the British constitution seems to be in a more molten condition now than at any other point in anyone’s lived lifetime. The experience of Brexit has raised or reopened a host of questions. The British constitution is high on … [Read more...] about Brexit and the Melting of the British Constitution by Andrew Blick and Peter Hennessy
In this paper, Professor Michael Kenny argues the case for a better understanding of the complex system of asymmetric devolution which has been introduced across the UK since the late 1990s. He identifies the demise of an older model of informal and … [Read more...] about How should the UK govern itself in the time of Brexit? by Michael Kenny
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
This Paper explains how, in the context of CJEU jurisdiction after exit day, the respective red-lines of the UK and EU are incompatible with each other. Whereas the UK claims to end CJEU jurisdiction, the EU claims, and has always claimed, final … [Read more...] about Hotel California?: The Continuing Jurisdiction of the CJEU
Alastair Sutton presents his new paper considering the impact of Brexit on the UK's Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories. The impact of Brexit on nearly 20 diverse UK overseas territories is over-shadowed by the continuing uncertainty of … [Read more...] about Relics of Empire or Full Partners of a New Global United Kingdom?
Professor Gordon Anthony presents his new paper considering the role that the Sewel Convention plays under the UK constitution and its relevance to Brexit. The paper discusses how the convention can be understood in terms of competing views about … [Read more...] about Devolution, Brexit, and the Sewel Convention
Professor Vernon Bogdanor presents his new Constitution Society pamphlet, entitled 'Brexit and our unprotected constitution', examining the constitutional issues raised for our British constitution after Brexit. In this report, Professor Bogdanor … [Read more...] about Brexit and our unprotected constitution
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
This paper examines the role of the House of Lords in Britain’s exit from the European Union. The paper focuses on the future passage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords. It begins with a discussion of conventions which … [Read more...] about The House of Lords: Conventions and Brexit