Tag Archives: devolution

What’s Happening In Northern Ireland?

  Devolved government in Northern Ireland has been dealt a major setback today when Sinn Fein announced that they wouldn’t nominate a new deputy First Minister following Martin McGuinness’ resignation last week. McGuinness resigned over a renewable energy scheme championed by First Minister … Continue reading

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Government Announces ‘English Votes For English Laws’ Plans

Today, William Hague issued a Command Paper that sets out four options (three from the Conservatives and one from the Liberal Democrats) to address the West Lothian Question. Option No. 1 (Tories) would effectively ban non-English MPs from considering England-only legislation. Second Reading debates … Continue reading

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Labour’s English Committee Won’t Answer the West Lothian Question

The West Lothian Question is a topic of lively discussion in British politics at the moment. David Cameron has been touting the idea of ‘English votes for English laws,’ and he asked William Hague, the Leader of the Commons, to chair a Cabinet committee … Continue reading

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Miliband Wants to Replace Lords With Senate of Nations

Yesterday, Ed Miliband promised to replace the House of Lords with an elected Senate if Labour wins office next May. At first blush, this seems like a dog-bites-man story. After all, Labour argued for a fully elected second chamber in their … Continue reading

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Sturgeon Demands Scottish Veto Over Brexit

Nicola Sturgeon, the Deputy First Minister of Scotland, has made headlines by arguing that any attempt to take the United Kingdom out of the European Union should have the backing of all four nations. At the moment, foreign affairs are the exclusive … Continue reading

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Why Is It So Hard to Answer the West Lothian Question?

After it was clear that Scotland would stay in the Union, David Cameron made a bold statement: It is absolutely right that a new and fair settlement for Scotland should be accompanied by a new and fair settlement that applies to all parts … Continue reading

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What is the Barnett Formula?

The Barnett Formula has been getting a lot of airtime today as politicians and pundits discuss the future of the British constitution. So what is it, and why is it controversial? The Barnett Formula is the method used to distribute public … Continue reading

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Rewriting the Constitution on the Back of a Cocktail Napkin

Gordon Brown is a man on a mission: he wants to save the Union. In order to achieve that goal, he has outlined a twelve-point plan that would see additional powers devolved to Edinburgh. But it would also entrench the … Continue reading

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