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Answering Readers’ Questions About The Prorogation Decision

Does this mean Boris Johnson will have to step down? No. While today’s decision is hugely embarrassing for Johnson, it doesn’t necessarily mean he has to resign. Constitutionally speaking, a Prime Minister isn’t obliged to step down unless they lose … Continue reading

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A Strange Critique Of The Benn Act

The UK Constitutional Law Association Blog has published a strange take on the European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 2) Act 2019 (aka, the Benn Act) by Michael Detmold wherein he claims that the letter contained in the Schedule to the Act … Continue reading

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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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How Are British Supreme Court Justices Appointed?

As my fellow Americans take in the seemingly endless drama of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the United States Supreme Court, a number of people have asked me if appointments to the United Kingdom’s Supreme Court are similarly contentious. The short … Continue reading

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Fact-Checking Today I Found Out’s Video On The Queen’s Powers

Some of you may be familiar with Today I Found Out, a popular YouTube channel that makes explanatory videos on a wide range of topics. Today’s video featured a subject near and dear to my heart: the Queen’s powers. I’ve … Continue reading

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Voting Down The Queen’s Speech

With the Conservatives still short of a deal that will guarantee their majority, there is a real chance that Theresa May’s government could be defeated on the Queen’s Speech. A reader named Nathan recently wrote to ask if any examples … Continue reading

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Government Loses Brexit Case

In a widely expected ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that the Government cannot trigger Article 50 without Parliament’s consent. I won’t go over the ruling in detail, as I’ve already discussed it here and here. Suffice it to say, I think the Supreme Court … Continue reading

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Why Is There A ‘First Lord of the Treasury’?

My recent post about the formalities surrounding the premiership led a reader to ask about the office of First Lord of the Treasury. As the title implies, the First Lord is actually one of several ‘Lords of the Treasury.’ By convention, the … Continue reading

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How Does One Become Prime Minister?

In an unexpected development, Andrea Leadsom has quit the race for Conservative leader, leaving Theresa May as the only candidate to succeed David Cameron. However, certain formalities must take place before May can take the reins of government. In this post, I’ll … Continue reading

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The Queen And The European Union

There’s been some fuss in the United Kingdom today over The Sun‘s claim that the Queen has expressed Euroskeptic views on at least two occasions, including a 2011 lunch with Nick Clegg at Windsor Castle and a meeting with MPs at Buckingham Palace. Like … Continue reading

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