Category: Constitutional Law

Why a Sovereignty Act makes no legal sense

The notion that concerns (rooted in Euroscepticism) about sovereignty can be addressed by means of legislation asserting the sovereignty of the UK Parliament appear to be gaining increasing traction. In a debate in the House […]

Hung Parliaments: Some election-night reading

One of the few things that can be predicted with any confidence about today’s general election is that it will not deliver an overall majority for any single political party. [Edit: I was wrong — along […]

A short follow-up post on the Fixed-term Parliaments Act

I wrote yesterday about the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011, responding to what I consider to be errors in an analysis of the same legislation published by Professor Colin Talbot. Talbot has now responded. Such to-and-fro academic exchanges can be […]

Would David Cameron’s tax-lock law be legally binding or just a political gimmick?

David Cameron has promised that if the Conservative Party wins the general election, it will introduce legislation to prevent any rises in rates of income tax, National Insurance and VAT during the 2015-20 Parliament. This […]

The Fixed-term Parliaments Act: A reply to Colin Talbot

As the general election approaches, there is considerable interest in the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. Unfortunately, not all of the discussion to date has been legally accurate. For example, Professor Colin Talbot has written that: […]

Of Black Spiders and Constitutional Bedrock: The Supreme Court’s Judgment in Evans

The legal saga concerning the “black-spider memos” that Prince Charles is in the habit of sending to Ministers, inflicting upon them his often-eccentric views, is a long one. It has its origins in freedom-of-information requests […]

The Cambridge Companion to Public Law

The Cambridge Companion to Public Law, which I am editing with David Feldman, will be published later this year. In the meantime, we have posted the editors’ introduction to SSRN; a copy can be downloaded here. […]