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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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On Royal Titles

Once again, the Duchess of Sussex has found herself in hot water. This time, her offense is making comments about the importance of voting at an online event called When All Women Vote. She said, in part: You’re just as … Continue reading

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Bishops And Homage

Today, the new Archbishop of York formally did homage for the temporalities of his new see. Because of the pandemic, the ceremony took place via video link. In normal times, it would involve a small ceremony at Buckingham Palace or … Continue reading

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A Few Words On Succession To The Premiership

After being hospitalized with continuing COVID-19 symptoms, Boris Johnson has now been transferred to the ICU after his condition deteriorated. Downing Street has announced that Dominic Raab, Foreign Secretary and First Secretary of State, will deputize for him as needed, … Continue reading

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The Truth About Princess Beatrice’s Forthcoming Title

The celebrity press has reported that Princess Beatrice will become an Italian countess upon her marriage to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi. While it’s true that Mozzi is technically an Italian count, foreign titles of nobility have no legal status in the … Continue reading

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When The Queen Appoints Your Parish Priest

In addition to appointing the Church of England’s senior ecclesiastics, the Queen appoints several hundred parish clergy scattered throughout England. As with many things in the United Kingdom, the rules governing the Crown’s parochial patronage are complicated to say the … Continue reading

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The Lascelles Principles Won’t Save Boris Johnson

Back in August, I wrote a post about the circumstances in which the Queen might dismiss Boris Johnson as Prime Minister. I noted that, if Johnson were to refuse to resign after losing a vote of no confidence, Her Majesty … 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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The Future Of Prorogation

With all the controversy surrounding Boris Johnson’s extended prorogation, I’ve been asked if I think the practice of proroguing Parliament is likely to be abolished in the not-too-distant future. However, outright abolition seems unlikely. Until now, prorogation has been a … Continue reading

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