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Today, the Prime Minister presented a 12-point-plan and four guiding principles for Brexit with a view to creating a Britain that is "stronger, fairer, more united, and more outward-looking.” As powers are transferred away from Brussels and back to Britain, the government must also prioritise putting power back into the hands of the people.
On Tuesday evening Unlock Democracy held our event in Parliament ‘Referendums: a tool for democratic engagement or division’. We had some brilliant speakers and fantastic participation from the audience. Read our summary here.
It is day three of the Supreme Court case on Article 50. Previously, we have discussed how Brexit has brought our unwritten constitution into crisis. Today, we have outlined some of the key questions raised by our archaic constitution.
Nigel Fletcher, Head of Research at the liberal conservative think tank Bright Blue talks about the need to tackle the unelected and unaccountable decision makers in Westminster. He sets out his vision for a reformed House of Lords.
On the 18th November the Lobbying (Transparency) Bill had its Committee Stage hearing in the House of Lords, and despite expectations we won! We were faced with a bucket-load of amendments from Andrew Lansley; some were minor, others more substantial. But in the end, Lansley backed down on the most important issues and the bill continues to move forward.
The latest contribution to our Brexit Debates series comes from Green party Peer, Baroness Jones. In her blog she talks about the need to counter political cynicism by giving local communities more control. She also considers how we could reform our political system to make it more transparent, democratic and representative of the people.
The High Court ruled that the government needed Parliamentary approval to trigger Article 50 which will start the process of the UK leaving the European Union. Some newspapers have said that this has triggered a constitutional crisis. So what are the constitutional issues on the case? Read our handy guide to find out.