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Who holds referendums?

I was somewhat surprised that the Queen’s Speech contained the statement ‘My Government will hold a referendum on membership of the European Union’.   My concern is the terminology.  The Government may propose a referendum, but has no power of its own … Continue reading

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Who oversees the constitution?

I am now back on the Constitution Committee of the Lords.  On Wednesday, we took evidence from the two Cabinet Office ministers, Oliver Letwin and John Penrose, and the President and Deputy President of the Supreme Court, Lord Neuberger and … Continue reading

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Managing purdah

Parliament was dissolved yesterday and we are thus in the period known as purdah.  There are no MPs.  However, as I have pointed out in response to a question from Carl.H, ministers continue as ministers.  Parliament has been dissolved but … Continue reading

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