Most analysis of the ‘meaningful vote’ has been from a purely Brexit perspective. But the argumentsinvolved have broader, constitutional, significance, and concern Parliament’s role in the making of international agreements. MPs need to think about the powers they want, at what point in the process, and with what time and information at their disposal.
Our wide-ranging recommendations to the House of Lords Liaison Committee’s review of Lords scrutinycommittees, summarised here, aim to improve legislative scrutiny, facilitate more effective horizon-scanning, address post-Brexit scrutiny challenges, and much more.
New analysis of 15 years of our Audit of Political Engagement data shows how geography is an important factor in determining whether citizens feel they have influence on decision-making at the national level, even when other key factors that influence political engagement - such as education and social class - are taken into account.
How did Ireland get to its 25 May ‘repeal the 8th’ constitutional referendum on abortion? The process has innovatively blended participatory, deliberative, representative and direct forms of democracy.
Robert Halfon MP explores the "shocking" findings in the 2018 Audit of Political Engagement and explains how he is aiming to repair the "rusty and breaking" chain of accountability between voters, MPs and government.
The prospective post-Brexit implementation / transition period will require amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. Some can be made by the promised Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill, but some could be made before the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is passed. This blogpost by Swee Leng Harris summarises her new briefing paper.