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.
Introduction of English Votes for English Laws (EVEL)
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”.
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.
Introduction of the Cities and Local Government Devolution Act 2016
Introduction of the Scotland Act 2016
In July 2016 the Group agreed and formulated a new constitutional settlement in the form of the draft Act Of Union Bill
Introduction of the Wales Act 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.