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Constitutional government, parliamentary democracy and judicial power

Richard Ekins revisits the nature of constitutional government in a parliamentary democracy, answering some related criticisms of the Judicial Power Project.

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Endangering Constitutional Government

The risks of the House of Commons taking control.

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The Speaker should allow a third meaningful vote on the Brexit deal

The Speaker is right that the “same question” rule is well precedented and would need consideration in this case. But it would be quite wrong to apply the “same question” rule to disallow a third meaningful vote on the Government’s Brexit deal.

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UK Parliament

The Speaker should allow a third meaningful vote on the Brexit deal

The Speaker is right that the “same question” rule is well precedented and would need consideration in this case. But it would be quite wrong to apply the “same question” rule to disallow a third meaningful vote on the Government’s Brexit deal.

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The Irish Backstop: Nothing has changed? It has actually

The UK Government is now correct in asserting the right, in extremis, to appeal to international law under the Vienna Convention.

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A Second Look

The UK’s legal position in relation to the backstop.

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Appointing Jon Cruddas was a masterstroke for Labour

David Skelton, Policy Exchange’s Deputy Director, argues that the recent selection of Jon Cruddas as head of Labour’s policy review could be a masterstroke for Ed Miliband if he’s able to translate his impressive, but often abstract, thinking into concrete policy. He shows how Cruddas’s views are supported by polling findings from our report Northern Lights.

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Liam Byrne is right about Labour’s pains

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Elected Mayors – where did it all go wrong?

With the elected Mayors referenda looking set to deliver a ‘No’ result, Policy Exchange Deputy Director David Skelton criticises the failure of the government to put together an effective campaign in favour of elected Mayors. He also points out that Mayors were seen as ‘more politics’ at a time when the public is very anti-politics and that the powers and boundaries for the new Mayors were poorly chosen.

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