Institute for Government event: what should the government’s constitutional commission cover?

5 February 2020

Gisela Stuart, a member of the Constitution Reform Group Steering Committee, participated in “The government’s constitutional commission: what should it cover?” event at the Institute for Government on Tuesday 4 February 2020.

In the Queen’s Speech in December, the government confirmed that it intends to establish a new constitution, democracy and rights commission in this Parliament. The commission offers an opportunity to reflect on some of the challenges to the UK constitution. At present, however, the scope and terms of reference of the commission remain unclear.

The panel was chaired by Bronwen Maddox, director of the Institute for Government. Alongside Gisela other panellists included Lord Sumption, former Supreme Court justice, Gina Miller, campaigner and founding partner of SCM Direct and Dr Catherine Haddon, senior fellow at the Institute for Government.

Gisela said Brexit had exposed the problem of “who speaks for the English?”.

“Should there be an English parliament? We require an over-arching system which takes powers down to lower than where they are now,” she suggested, arguing for greater devolution.

You can watch the entire event on the Institute for Government website here.

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