Mark and Ruth look at the growing fashion for re-writing Bills mid-air as they pass through Parliament, adding on all sorts of policy bells and whistles at the last minute.
On 12 September, the day after the EU (Withdrawal) Bill received its second reading in the House of Commons, this major one-day public event brought together leading parliamentarians and legal and constitutional specialists from across the UK to discuss the critical issues raised by the Bill and its prospects in the UK’s parliaments and assemblies.
Professor Anand Menon, Director, ESRC UK in a Changing Europe
The Government's approach
Daniel Denman, Director, Legal Advisors, Department for Exiting the EU
Legislating for Brexit: the issues
Professor Sionaidh Douglas-Scott, Anniversary Chair in Law, Queen Mary University of London
Chair: Dr Ruth Fox, Director and Head of Research, Hansard Society
Michael P. Clancy OBE, Director, Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland
Professor Mark Elliott, Professor of Public Law, University of Cambridge; Legal Adviser, House of Lords Constitution Committee
Lord Lisvane, Member, House of Lords Delegated Powers and Regulatory Reform Committee; former Clerk of the House of Commons
Chair: Marie Demetriou QC, Brick Court Chambers
Professor Catherine Barnard, Professor of European Union Law, Cambridge University, and ESRC UK in a Changing Europe
Martha Spurrier, Director, Liberty
Chair: Professor Dan Wincott, Professor of Law and Society, Wales Governance Centre, Cardiff University
Professor Colin Harvey, Professor of Human Rights Law, Queen's University Belfast, and ESRC UK in a Changing Europe
Dr Jo Hunt, Reader in Law, Cardiff University, and ESRC UK in a Changing Europe
Professor Stephen Tierney, Professor of Constitutional Theory, Edinburgh University, and ESRC UK in a Changing Europe; Legal Adviser, House of Lords Constitution Committee
Chair: Professor Richard Rawlings, Professor of Public Law, University College London, and Honorary Distinguished Professor, School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University
A panel (subject to parliamentary business) including:
Hilary Benn MP, Chair, House of Commons Committee on Exiting the EU (Labour)
Sir Bill Cash MP, previous Chair, House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee (Conservative)
Joanna Cherry QC MP, Member, House of Commons Committee on Exiting the EU (SNP)
Dr Stephen Farry MLA, Deputy Leader and Brexit spokesman, Alliance Party
Eluned Morgan AM, Baroness Morgan of Ely, Member, National Assembly for Wales External Affairs and Additional Legislation Committee (Labour)
The event is funded by the ESRC UK in a Changing Europe initiative, and co-convened by Cardiff University’s Wales Governance Centre and the Hansard Society.
Delegated legislation is the most common form of legislation in the United Kingdom. It is the legislation of everyday life, impacting millions of citizens daily. But the terminology and procedures that surround it are complex and often confusing. This explainer unpacks delegated legislation - the terminology and Parliament's role in scrutinising it - to reveal more about how delegated legislation really works.
What a week! Suella Braverman's sacking from Government was immediately eclipsed by the appointment of former Prime Minister David Cameron as the new Foreign Secretary. Mark and Ruth explore the many questions this raises, not least for scrutiny of foreign affairs by MPs.
The Prime Minister’s decision to cancel the next stage of HS2 has given rise to criticism that once again the Government has ridden roughshod over Parliament. Just over 1,300 hours of legislative time have been spent on four HS2-related Bills over nine Sessions in the last decade. Why has it taken so long and what now happens to that legislation?
When parliamentarians reassemble at Westminster on 7 November for the start of the new Session, all eyes will be on the legislative programme to be announced in the King’s Speech. Speculation about the likely date of the next general election is rife at Westminster, but until the date is settled there are a lot of parliamentary issues still to be tackled. We’ve picked out a few things to look out for on the political horizon.