Constitutional, Legal and EU issues

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The EU Bill, the UK and British Sovereignty: With whom will power lie?

Speaking at Politeia Martin Howe, QC and Jacob Rees-Mogg, MP consider the new EU Bill.

Jacob Rees-Mogg suggests the measure...

  • Makes European integration more difficult for politicians to push through.
  • Needs some improvement, e.g. the phrasing of the sovereignty clause.

Martin Howe, who proposed the sovereignty measure, considers:

  • How far the EU Bill will promotes the government’s aims?
  • What other steps are needed so that EU law-making is accountable to parliament?

Watch the rest of the seminar.

Read Jacob Rees-Mogg's speech to the Commons on the EU Bill and the sovereignty clause.

Read Martin Howe's Politeia pamphlet Safeguarding Sovereignty: A Bill for UK Constitutional Rights in the EU.

Politeia would like to thank BPP for supporting this event.

Human Rights Debate

As the UK Government bows to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) and prepares to give offenders the vote, Politeia’s next author explains voting rights are not human rights:

Jailbreak: How to Transform Prisoners' Training

Jon Trigg, Mark Lovell & Carolyn Altounyan
July 2010
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Kenneth Clarke, the Justice Secretary, has announced that more prisoners will be trained to find a job on release. In that way re-offending will be cut. But, says Politeia’s new study, the system itself must be transformed if the policy is to be effective. The authors, who themselves have turned prisoners’ lives around, explain the obstacles to be tackled and propose the way forward.

2010 Events Round-up

2010 Events Round-up

This year saw Politeia running flagship conferences, lectures and seminars which tackled a wide range of issues, from public services, fiscal policy and economic growth, to defence, transport, education and constitutional issues.

December Martin Howe QC and Jacob Rees-Mogg MP discussed William Hague's Bill to protect British sovereignty - as exists in other EU member states.

November Schools Minister Nick Gibb took up the proposals in Latin for Language Learners. His address reflected the change of direction on language teaching policy shown in last week’s White Paper, The Importance of Teaching.

Safeguarding Sovereignty: A Bill for UK Constitutional Rights in the EU

Martin Howe
January 2010
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Martin Howe QC, a Queen's Counsel specialising in European Law, examines the constitutional basis of UK sovereignty. He explains that ultimately Parliament is sovereign. However, the state of affairs over the years since the Treaty of Rome has become less certain and assured. He explains why, before considering the steps needed to ensure that the constitutional basis of UK sovereignty is entrenched.

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