royal prerogative Archive

  • A circular argument

    The high court bench has retired now to consider its judgment in the case of whether parliament has a say in triggering article 50. If not, the government can take the UK out of the European Union without a parliamentary vote. Andrew Blick makes the […]

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  • See you in court

    I am having difficulty explaining to people from other countries what’s going on in the High Court at the moment.  There is a case brought by Gina Miller, a fund manager, arguing that the government cannot invoke Article 50 of the TEU (the procedure for […]

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  • Does the government obey the law?

    It must hurt when, in government, you are defeated by the opposition.  Still more so when you thought you had the votes lined up on your side, but you never can tell how events will unfold.  One government minister feeling this way must be Iain […]

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  • Syria: the next best thing

    He’d lost the debate before he even opened his mouth.  To summon back Britain’s MPs from the four corners of the earth during the summer recess needs an urgent case: committing British military forces to immediate action is one such, whereas committing to wait for […]

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  • Balance and Gordon Brown

    As Gordon Brown gets closer to becoming prime minister and accordingly tries to accentuate his Englishness, his opponents are trying to raise the barrier of his being Scottish. The latest salvo comes in a report from the House of Commons Scottish Affairs Committee, reported here. […]

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