Ignore Oliver Letwin – the Tories have nothing to fear from a no-deal Brexit

Oliver Letwin was in the news on Tuesday night after he made an emotional Commons speech with some notable contents. One eyebrow-raiser was his obviously daft statement that he was “past caring what deal we have” with the EU and would vote for one whatever it contained just to secure an orderly departure. It is not … Read moreIgnore Oliver Letwin – the Tories have nothing to fear from a no-deal Brexit

Free-market conservatives, how is Brexit working out for you?

The two and a half years following the EU referendum have exposed the wishful thinking that drove many free-market conservatives to support Brexit. In this post, Dalibor Rohac (American Enterprise Institute) asks how Brexit is working out for those who supported it on libertarian grounds.   Last week, I witnessed a somewhat extraordinary occurrence take place on Twitter. … Read moreFree-market conservatives, how is Brexit working out for you?

Andrew Denny: Would a Bill Seeking an Article 50 Extension Require a Money Resolution Proposed by the Government?

Introduction The on-going constitutional laboratory experiment that is Brexit has now turned to the question of whether a bill proposed by a backbench MP can be passed into law against the express opposition of the Government.  This scenario gives rise to a number of issues, including whether Parliamentary rules in the form of its standing … Read moreAndrew Denny: Would a Bill Seeking an Article 50 Extension Require a Money Resolution Proposed by the Government?

Stephen Laws: Why a Money Resolution with Queen’s Recommendation Is Required for a Bill for the Postponing or Cancelling of “Exit Day”

In a post on this blog yesterday, Andrew Denny argued that I was wrong to suggest that a money resolution, with Crown recommendation, would be needed under the Standing Orders of the House of Commons for a  provision of a Bill for the purpose of securing the postponement of the expiry of the UK’s Article … Read moreStephen Laws: Why a Money Resolution with Queen’s Recommendation Is Required for a Bill for the Postponing or Cancelling of “Exit Day”

The political establishment’s sense of entitlement has overtaken their sense of democracy

If you found yourself in conversation with a top executive from the tax-shy American multinational Amazon what do you think you would say? My guess is that most people would start with something like: “Why don’t you stop avoiding our taxes and pay your fair share, you scabrous fat cat?!” Taking this obvious line did not … Read moreThe political establishment’s sense of entitlement has overtaken their sense of democracy

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