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 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
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
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 EU referendum and some paradoxes of democratic legitimacy, Nat le Roux In a parliamentary democracy, referendums are potentially destabilising because they generate alternative, competing, sources of democratic legitimacy. A majority of … [Read more...] about The EU referendum and some paradoxes of democratic legitimacy
Since ancient times the House of Commons has claimed privilege in respect of financial legislation, whether over bills dealing with taxation or the granting of money to the Executive. Conventions governing the way restrictions apply to the House of … [Read more...] about Financial Privilege: The Undoubted and Sole Right of the Commons?
The House of Lords Constitution Committee has recently published evidence submitted by The Constitution Society, as part of its inquiry into 'The Union and Devolution.' The published evidence can be viewed online here. A full list of evidence … [Read more...] about Evidence from The Constitution Society published by House of Lords select committee inquiry into ‘The Union and Devolution’
Today the Constitution Unit UCL, with the support of the Constitution Society, is publishing the second edition of ‘The Constitutional Standards of the House of Lords Constitution Committee’. The report, by Robert Hazell, Dawn Oliver and myself, … [Read more...] about Constitutional Standards, Constitutional Change and EVEL
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Reform, Decentralisation and Devolution in the UK has published its paper 'A Parliament for Reform 2015-2020' The paper includes the following proposed wording for inclusion in the manifestos of all parties at … [Read more...] about A United Kingdom Constitutional Convention
This publication was produced in partnership with Unlock Democracy. The pamphlet argued that, whatever the result of Scotland’s independence referendum, careful constitutional thinking would be needed. It examined how such constitution-making should … [Read more...] about After the Referendum, Options For a Constitutional Convention
A paper by David R. Howarth (University of Cambridge) and Shona Wilson Stark (Christ's College, Cambridge) is available online. It breaks new ground in its assessment of the British constitution. Using interviews with senior UK officials about … [Read more...] about The Reality of the British Constitution