CRG Timeline

2015
10/09/2015

September 2015 – CRG launches Discussion Paper

The discussion paper was launched at each of the Conservative Party, Labour Party and Liberal Democrat autumn conferences in order to initiate debate and gain feedback on the Group’s proposals.

25/11/2015

Introduction of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL)

2016
10/01/2016

Evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee

Evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee

In January 2016 the Marquess of Salisbury, Lord Hain and Daniel Greenberg gave evidence to the House of Lords Constitution Committee on “The Union and Devolution”.

 

Lord Hain explained that “Devolution up until now has been a top-down process: the centre deciding to devolve powers to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and more recently in parts of England. The model we are proposing is a bottom-up process. It is turning it on its head”.

20/01/2016

Meeting with the Prime Minister

Meeting with the Prime Minister

Former Labour Party MP, Gisela Stuart, asked a question to the then Prime Minister, David Cameron, during PMQs on 20 January 2016 about a meeting with members from the Constitution Reform Group. The meeting took place not long afterwards, in the Spring of 2016, where he agreed for the Cabinet Office to work with the Group.

28/01/2016

Introduction of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016

10/03/2016

Introduction of the Scotland Act 2016

10/07/2016

In July 2016 the Group agreed and formulated a new constitutional settlement in the form of the draft Act Of Union Bill

In July 2016 the Group agreed and formulated a new constitutional settlement in the form of the draft Act Of Union Bill

The Group’s policy ideas and vision for the future of the UK was drafted into the Bill by Daniel Greenberg, Counsel for Domestic Legislation in the House of Commons and former Parliamentary Counsel to the UK Cabinet Office.

27/07/2016

Initial Media Coverage

Coverage of the CRG’s Act of Union Bill appeared in a number of publications including The Telegraph, The Guardian and The Independent.

2017
10/01/2017

Introduction of the Wales Act 2017

29/01/2017

Increasing interest from the academic community

Since 2017 members of the CRG Steering Committee have been speaking at universities across the UK, including King’s College London, the University of St Andrews, Cardiff University and the University of Oxford.