One Meaningful Vote Too Far: Is Bercow Right?

On Monday, the Speaker, John Bercow, has made a major intervention into the Brexit process. By ruling that the government cannot bring back the “same or substantially the same motion” any chance of Meaningful Vote III this week has practically disappeared. Bercow stated: “If the government wishes to bring forward a new proposition, which is…

Even if May has the Confidence of the House; A Lack of “Plan B” Makes Extending Article 50 Inevitable

Once upon a time, it would all have been much more straightforward. Theresa May would have made the “meaningful vote” a matter of confidence, so that if the government lost the vote, May would immediately see the Queen, and request a dissolution of Parliament to trigger a general election. But not anymore. This is because…

IndyRef 2: Adding a New Dimension to Brexit

Today, Nicola Sturgeon made her announcement that not only does she seek a second independence referendum, but that she intends to hold it at some point between late 2018 or early 2019. The Scottish Government will seek the approval of the Scottish Parliament as soon as next week, and then seek approval from Westminster to…

Preview on Miller – An Article 50 Bill? – Parliamentary Fun & Games

This week, the Prime Minister, Theresa May, has unveiled her twelve-point plan for Brexit as March 31st, her self-imposed deadline for invoking Article 50, draws ever closer. Yet, constitutionally there may be two hurdles to clear before invoking Article 50. These hurdles are only “maybes” because it depends on the decision of the Supreme Court…

Article 50: Was the Government Really Divorced From Reality? Analysing the High Court’s Decision in Miller

This post considers the implications of the High Court’s decision in Miller that Parliament needs to grant the government the authority to invoke Art 50. The first post below discusses the High Court judgment itself, and the prospects of the government’s appeal being successful before the Supreme Court. A second post will follow shortly, which…