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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.
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.