Tag Archives: Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

The Perplexities Of The Royal Prerogative

Yesterday’s reveal of a draft bill to repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 has led to quite a bit of academic debate about the nature of the power set out in clause 2(1). Is it a revived prerogative power? A … Continue reading

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Government Unveils Bill To Repeal The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011

The Government today unveiled a draft bill to repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. If the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 (Repeal) Bill becomes law, the UK will go back to the pre-2011 arrangement where the Queen dissolves Parliament at the … Continue reading

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Is This The End Of The Road For The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011?

Regular readers of my blog will know that I’m not a fan of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. I think it was a cynical ploy to stabilize David Cameron’s coalition government, and it has done far more harm than good. … Continue reading

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Could The Queen Dismiss Boris Johnson?

With Boris Johnson seemingly determined to take Britain out of the European Union on October 31 come hell or high water, MPs from all parties are debating how they can stop a no-deal Brexit. One of the options under consideration … Continue reading

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First Thoughts On The Brexit Vote

Theresa May made history today when MPs rejected her Brexit deal by a vote of 202 to 432, making it the worst government defeat in modern British history (previously, that record was held by Ramsay MacDonald’s minority Labour government, which … 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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Is The Fixed-Term Parliaments Act 2011 Fatally Flawed?

Writing in the Irish Times, Mark Hennessy has argued that the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 has a fatal constitutional flaw. Section 2(3) of the Act states that an early General Election may be held if the House of Commons passes … Continue reading

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