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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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Supreme Court Rules Prorogation Unlawful

In a constitutional bombshell, Britain’s Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue Parliament for five weeks was unlawful, and the prorogation itself is “null and of no effect.” The justices found that the Prime Minister’s advice … 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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Archbishops And Politics

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, caused a kerfuffle recently when he criticized the Government’s flagship welfare reform and described zero-hours contracts ‘a reincarnation of an ancient evil.’ This has not gone down well with certain segments of the Conservative … Continue reading

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The Vicar Who Claimed A Seat In The Commons

On November 30, 1965, a Church of England vicar named Christopher Wansey tried to enter the chamber of the House of Commons. Although he wasn’t an MP,[1] he was a proctor for the Diocese of Chelmsford in the Convocation of … Continue reading

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Northern Ireland, Westminster, And The Question Of Abortion

Ireland’s move to broaden access to abortion has placed Theresa May in an incredibly awkward position. Currently, Northern Ireland has the most restrictive abortion laws of any jurisdiction within the United Kingdom,[1] and many have argued that the events in … Continue reading

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What’s Next For The Fixed Term Parliaments Act?

The 56th Parliament of the United Kingdom came to an end yesterday after just two years. It was supposed to last until 2020, but the British will be going to the polls early after MPs backed Theresa May’s call for … Continue reading

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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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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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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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