Catalonian independence: how did they get there? (part two)

Catalonian independence: how did they get there? (part two)

On the 10th October Catalonia’s President, Carles Puigdemont, declared independence for the region, only to suspend it seconds later in order to negotiate with the Spanish government. This is part one of a two part blog series exploring what is going on with the process of independence in Catalonia.

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Catalonian independence: what is happening? (part one)

Catalonian independence: what is happening? (part one)

On the 10th October Catalonia’s President, Carles Puigdemont, declared independence for the region, only to suspend it seconds later in order to negotiate with the Spanish government. This is part one of a two part blog series exploring what is going on with the process of independence in Catalonia.

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The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Where are we now?

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Where are we now?

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, more commonly known as the Repeal Bill, has passed its first major test in the parliamentary process at its Second Reading. The bill will be one of the most constitutionally transformative pieces of legislation to emerge since Brexit and aims to establish legal consistency when the UK has left the EU.

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Writing Parliament out of the legislative process

Writing Parliament out of the legislative process

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, more commonly known as the Repeal Bill, is the first major piece of Brexit legislation to go before Parliament. The bill proposes to hand sweeping powers to ministers to allow them to make changes to laws. This would sideline both Parliament and the devolved nations from policymaking, further centralising power in the hands of the executive.   

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What one MP’s side job tells us about the failings of the UK’s lobbying register

What one MP’s side job tells us about the failings of the UK’s lobbying register

This week Barry Sheerman became the first sitting MP to sign up to UK’s the statutory lobbying register, as the result of his role as the Chairman of Policy Connect. The idea that MPs can run organisations that undertake lobbying activity sits uncomfortably, and serious questions must be asked about what this says about the state of lobbying regulation in the UK.

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