So in these highly charged political times and as we face one of the biggest constitutional, political and social crises our Prime Minister has taken the course of least resistance and shut up shop. But whilst parliament may have been prorogued it’s been business as usual for the rest of us. This E: bulletin will focus on the work we have been doing this week, the conversations we’ve been having and what’s on the horizon for civil society.Read More
Welcome back! This week as seen extraordinary scenes in the Commons. The government defeated time and time again as MPs wrestled control over the parliamentary agenda in their efforts to stop a no-deal exit. Events are as ever moving quickly and this week we're covering MPs working together to try and block no-deal Brexit, the likely upcoming General Election, the Chancellors spending review and Gove and his no-deal preparation.
In an unprecedented move, the government outlined its plan to prorogue (suspend) Parliament for up to five weeks over September and October. This move by the government is, as a number of constitutional experts have said, an affront to parliamentary democracy.
Some commentators and MPs have said that Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament is normal procedure and doesn’t make a huge difference as Parliament was due to have a three-week party conference recess between September and October anyway.
Following recent announcements on the prorogation of Parliament, over 85 organisations from across the UK have called on the Prime Minister to urgently engage with their “grave concerns” about the impact that leaving the European Union without a deal will have on civil society, in an open letter.Read More
Following recent announcements on the prorogation of Parliament, over 85 organisations from across the UK have called on the Prime Minister to urgently engage with their “grave concerns” about the impact that leaving the European Union without a deal will have on civil societyRead More
At the risk of repeating what we’ve said before, what a week. It’s now officially confirmed that Boris Johnson is the new PM, who said on the steps of No 10 that the UK will leave the EU on October 31, “no ifs or buts.'' Parliament has now promptly left the Westminster village for summer recess. The next three months will be crucial, now is a prime opportunity for organisations to look ahead. Key questions that need answering are whether the UK leaves with a deal, or will we face a cliff-edge exit come October 31st? What about a general election? In this week’s special edition of the Bulletin, we scan the Brexit horizon and attempt to predict the unpredictable.
As Theresa May is getting ready to pack her bags, her legacy is determined by a failure to deliver Brexit. In that process and as we’ve said many times before, May’s government has been one dominated by grave uncertainty for civil society, individuals and business, lack of parliamentary scrutiny, ignoring the devolved nations, removal of rights and a failure to engage with civil society. Unsurprisingly, her report card is not full of A’s.Read More
Another week, another attempt by MPs prevent a no deal exit on the 31st October. Meanwhile, Labour announced a new Brexit and referendum policy. Business is unhappy with how the government is engaging on the Irish Border and the House of Commons Library explain when we might get a General Election.Read More
Erskine May, the bible on all things parliamentary procedure is now available to read online, significantly improving transparency and access to information on how the Commons workRead More