Five questions the Great Repeal Bill white paper needs to answer

Five questions the Great Repeal Bill white paper needs to answer

The government has announced it will publish its white paper on the Great Repeal Bill on Thursday 30 March, the day after article 50 is triggered. Unlock Democracy's Director Alexandra Runswick sets out five questions the white paper must answer if it is to be meaningful. 

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#ElectionExpenses: Empower the Electoral Commission to stop money buying elections

#ElectionExpenses: Empower the Electoral Commission to stop money buying elections

After a 13 month long investigation into election campaign expenses the Electoral Commission today handed down the highest fine in its history of £70,000 to the Conservative Party, for violation of electoral law. Unlock Democracy has called for the Electoral Commission to be empowered so it can stop parties from buying elections. 

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A House of Lords fit for the twenty-first century

A House of Lords fit for the twenty-first century

Is there still a place for the House of Lords, a “very British institution,” at a time when the political rulebook is being torn up? This was the opening question in the premiere episode of ‘Meet the Lords,’ a new three part series that aired on BBC Two on Monday 27 February.  This blog argues that urgent reform is needed, if the House of Lords is to survive the twenty-first century.

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The Great Repeal Bill: a great threat to democracy?

The Great Repeal Bill: a great threat to democracy?

 A burning question for post-Brexit Britain is what will be done with EU-influenced rules and regulations that are in the domestic statute book. The government's answer to this is the Great Repeal Bill, which threatens to give significant power to ministers and civil servants to rewrite any law or regulation that has been influenced by the EU, without meaningful scrutiny from Parliament or input from the people.

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The 12 point Brexit plan: what about the people?

The 12 point Brexit plan: what about the people?

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.

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