Constitutional, Legal and EU issues
The UK and the EU: What must change?
Fundamental Reform or Brexit? As David Cameron prepares to set out his stall in Brussels this week, senior Conservative MPs say what must change in our relationship with the EU.
As the prime minister prepares to set out his goals for renegotiation at a Brussels summit, he may find an agenda there quite different from that wanted by people at home. Here, three senior MPs explain what is needed in Politeia’s publication, The UK and the EU: What must Change?
In particular the UK parliament must once again decide on the vital matters which affect national life. The UK courts must once again become the ultimate arbiter of matters such as UK human rights law.
Simon Reevell MP, Stanley Brodie QC and
Professor John Howson
Magistrates Work! was launched on monday 20th at the Carlton Club.
The political parties are now in general election mode for the 2015 election. The country has been warned that more cuts are on the way to tackle the levels of deficit which remain. The question for many will be how can the principles on which justice rests be maintained despite economic stringency?
Simon Reevell MP, Professor John Howson and Stanley Brodie QC
Publication Launch 20th October 2014, 12 noon
As the political parties prepare for the 2015 general election, much work still remains in restoring the public finances, and another round of cuts is inevitable. In the case of justice, the authors of Magistrates Work! explain how savings can be made and the principles governing the operation of a fair justice system can be protected.
The co-authors, Simon Reevell MP, Professor John Howson and Stanley Brodie QC, take stock of the recent closure of the magistrates’ courts, cut from 330 courts in 2009 to 240 in 2014. The consequences have been lamentable.
The Prime Minister has called for a renegotiation of Britain's relationship with Europe, and all the main parties are committed to EU reform.
This week, Politeia published Zero Plus: The Principles of EU Renegotiation by leading EU lawyer and government legal adviser, Martin Howe QC. As author of Politeia's Safeguarding Sovereignty, Mr Howe inspired the European Union Act 2011. Howe's latest proposals have the potential to redefine the terms of Britain's EU debate.
Here Is The City's coverage of the pamphlet gives an extensive review of Howe's thesis.