Unless the Tories embrace No Deal under a new leader, the party could face electoral oblivion

As the ruling party of the United Kingdom slumps to just 10% by the measure of some recent European election polls, a colourful spectrum in varying levels of self-reflection descends across its parliamentary representatives. A stark, immediate and pressing question of political direction faces the Conservative Party. Currently, its MPs are reaching different conclusions as … Read moreUnless the Tories embrace No Deal under a new leader, the party could face electoral oblivion

Tory HQ allows members to voice support for other parties on Thursday following Heseltine case

Following his disclosure in the Sunday Times at the weekend that he will vote Liberal Democrat at the European election taking place on Thursday, Tory peer Lord Heseltine has had the Conservative whip suspended in the House of Lords. Following a meeting with the Government Chief Whip in the Lords earlier tonight, a Conservative spokesman … Read moreTory HQ allows members to voice support for other parties on Thursday following Heseltine case

Brexit and collective cabinet responsibility: why the Convention is still working

In this blog, Robert Brett Taylor (University of Aberdeen) discusses constitutional conventions under the post-Brexit constitution. He asks whether there is a continued constitutional purpose for the Convention of Collective Cabinet Responsibility in the modern era? He maintains that, despite current turmoil, it would be premature to say that the Convention is broken as a result of Brexit.  … Read moreBrexit and collective cabinet responsibility: why the Convention is still working

How to use referendums correctly in British democracy

The Brexit referendum represents a constitutional turning point for many reasons and it has shown how referendums can be dangerous for the British constitution. According to Claudio Martinelli (University of Milan-Bicocca) British institutions should accept a fundamental distinction between two types of referendums: those that allow the electoral body to choose between two clear and … Read moreHow to use referendums correctly in British democracy

There are many varieties of Brexit on offer: here’s what I propose

I’ve never had any doubts about Brexit. It’s an economic liberation, stopping the drain of jobs, money and demand to the EU, breaking out of its declining protectionist bloc into a growing world, and stopping our slow decline into a wholly-owned subsidiary of Germany. Others see things differently. The result is that there’s a wide … Read moreThere are many varieties of Brexit on offer: here’s what I propose

These European elections pose a greater challenge to the Brussels establishment than Brexit

All eyes in Europe are on this week’s elections to the European Parliament, surprisingly (and shockingly) enough still also including the UK – where the Brexit Party now finds itself at 35% in the polls, followed not by Labour (15%) or the Conservatives (9%), but the Liberal Democrats at 16%. But while you Brits may … Read moreThese European elections pose a greater challenge to the Brussels establishment than Brexit

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