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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The Repeal Bill: Our first impressions

The Repeal Bill: Our first impressions

Yesterday the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (or as we have come to know it “the Repeal Bill”) was published. This is one of the most broad and constitutionally significant bills to go through Parliament and will have massive ramifications for us all, and future generations. We’re still going through the fine print but here are our initial thoughts.

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