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European disunion: ending a marriage

In a chapter I contributed to European Disunion: Between Sovereignty and Solidarity, published in 2012, I focused on Britain’s relationship to the European Union.  I used the analogy of a marriage: ‘… the UK can be characterised not so much … Continue reading

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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 controls backbench time?

On the continuing theme of ownership of process, Barry Winetrobe has an interesting post on the Dale & Co blog as to who controls backbench time in the House of Commons.  The Backbench Business Committee may have selected for debate … Continue reading

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Meeting deadlines

One of the problems with accepting writing commitments is that they often come months, even years, in advance of the submission deadline, leaving the deceptive impression that there will be time to complete them without undue pressure or haste.  Things tend … Continue reading

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National Parliaments and the Lisbon Treaty

My talk at Edge Hill University yesterday focused on national parliaments and the Lisbon Treaty.  I put the talk in historical context, explaining how the role of national parliaments had changed since the founding of the European Communities.  Initially, the … Continue reading

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