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.Read More
Today is day 3 of the Supreme Court case on Article 50. Yesterday, we started to talk about how Brexit has brought our unwritten constitution into crisis. Today, we’ve outlined some of the key questions raised by our archaic constitution.Read More
Today, the Lobbying (Transparency) Bill had its Committee Stage hearing in the House of Lords. The UK is now one step closer to having a robust lobbying register introduced, after the bill was moved to Report stage.Read More
Today 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 but we got Lansley to back down on the most important issues and the bill is now moving forward!Read More
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.Read More
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.Read More
Welcoming the divisional court’s judgement, Director of Unlock Democracy Alexandra Runswick said:
“The government’s position that it could run roughshod over parliamentary sovereignty by invoking the dictatorial powers of Henry VIII always was untenable in the 21st century. The correct course of action now would be for Theresa May to accept this judgement and move on to holding a full and open debate in the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity.
“We acknowledge that there is a disparity between the views of MPs and the public, but without a proportional voting system, the only course of action is to trust MPs to take the views of their constituents into consideration when deciding how to vote. No doubt MPs are acutely aware that they are ultimately accountable to their constituents, who will be given the final say.
“What is clearly unacceptable is for the Brexit process to continue as it has been over the past few months with virtually no parliamentary or public scrutiny. The government needs to open up, both in terms of their own preparations and which special interests have been lobbying them on this issue behind closed doors.”
Unlock Democracy has been organising a petition demanding that government gives parliament a say in the Brexit negotiations. So far, over 9,000 people have signed it.