Q: What does the Space Industry Bill have to do with the separation of powers? A: More than you’d think
The EU (Withdrawal) Bill has focussed attention on the making of secondary legislation and its separation of powers implications. But in fact most modern legislation confers extensive delegated powers — and the Space Industry Bill, which currently being considered by Parliament, is a textbook example.
This post looks in some detail (albeit preliminarily) at how the EU (Withdrawal) Bill works, and comments on some of the key constitutional issues that it raises. A shorter post on the Bill, which forms part of my 1,000 words series, can be found here.
In this article, first published in Counsel magazine, I consider how constitutional matters influenced the 2017 general election — and what the future constitutional implications of the election generally, and of a hung Parliament in particular, might be.