Category Archives: British Parliament

What’s Next For The Brexit Bill?

After 44 hours of debate, the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill finished its marathon journey through the House of Lords today. There was some last-minute drama as the Liberal Democrats mounted a quixotic effort to scupper the bill by blocking final … Continue reading

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Why Did Theresa May Sit On The Steps Of The Throne?

If you watched the beginning of the second reading debate on the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords, you may have noticed Theresa May watching the debate from the steps of the throne. Although Prime Ministers rarely venture … Continue reading

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Speaker Bercow’s Trump Remarks Land Him In Hot Water

The BBC reports that a Conservative backbencher has launched a bid to remove John Bercow from the Speaker’s chair after he said that Donald Trump should not address Parliament in Westminster Hall when he pays a state visit to the United Kingdom. … Continue reading

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Commons Clerks Ditch Wigs, Keep Robes

The Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow, today announced that the Commons’ clerks will no longer wear horsehair wigs and court dress while sitting at the table. They will, however, keep their black gowns, and male clerks will … Continue reading

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Government Ditches Plans To Curb Lords’ Powers

In a move that should surprise no one, the Government has decided that it will not try to abolish the House of Lords’ veto over statutory instruments. While the Parliament Act 1911 removed the Lords’ veto over Acts of Parliament, it did not make … Continue reading

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Are MPs Really A Threat To Brexit?

In the aftermath of the High Court’s Brexit ruling, many Leavers have expressed their fears that pro-EU MPs will try to wreck Brexit if given the chance. But is Parliament really a threat to Brexit? It’s true that the overwhelming majority of … Continue reading

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Angelina Jolie And The House Of Lords

There have been reports in the media that Angelina Jolie fancies a seat in the House of Lords. But could that actually happen? Could she really become Baroness Jolie? The simple answer is yes. Although MPs must be British citizens … Continue reading

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Seven Candidates, Three Voters

The British constitution sometimes begets very strange things. On April 19, the Liberal Democrat hereditary peers held a by-election to fill the vacancy caused by Lord Avebury’s death. The result was an election where seven candidates competed for the votes of three people (ironically, the … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts On The Strathclyde Review

Lord Strathclyde has published his review of the powers of the House of Lords in relation to secondary legislation. The TL;DR of it is that the peers’ absolute veto should be replaced with a suspensory veto. David Cameron commissioned the Strathclyde Review after the Lords rejected the … Continue reading

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What Will The Government Do To The House Of Lords?

Downing Street has announced that Lord Strathclyde, a former Leader of the House of Lords, will lead a review of the conventions surrounding the House of Lords with a view to “protect[ing] the ability of elected governments to secure their … Continue reading

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