Monthly Archives: March 2019

Is The EU Really More Democratic Than The UK?

There’s an infographic making the rounds on Twitter which claims that the European Union is somehow more democratic than the United Kingdom by providing a side-by-side comparison of EU and UK institutions. However, upon closer inspection, its arguments don’t really … Continue reading

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Bercow Fumbles

As MPs debate Brexit for what seems like the millionth time, Speaker Bercow has reiterated his opposition to a third ‘meaningful vote’ on Theresa May’s withdrawal agreement without substantive changes. Unfortunately, he also indicated that he won’t allow the Government … Continue reading

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Can MPs Really Take Control Of Brexit?

As the Brexit drama drags on, some commentators have suggested that MPs might try to take control of the process next week. But as we shall see, this would be easier said than done. The simplest way for MPs to … Continue reading

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Why Do People Bow When The Results Of Votes Are Announced In The Commons?

With all the drama in the Commons lately, there have been quite a few videos showing the moment when the results of key votes are announced to the House. They always show the same scene: four MPs line up in … Continue reading

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Bercow Nixes Third Vote On May’s Brexit Deal

Speaker Bercow has just ruled that there can’t be a third vote on Theresa May’s Brexit deal unless it is substantially altered. While I’ve questioned Bercow’s handling of Brexit in the past, this ruling is spot on. Erskine May, the … Continue reading

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Whither Brexit?

In light of yesterday’s drama in the House of Commons, I thought I’d make a few observations on what these developments mean for Brexit. On Tuesday, MPs rejected Theresa May’s Brexit deal for a second time. As promised, MPs were … Continue reading

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