Saturday, 7 November 2015

The Telegraph: Federalism is the only solution to Britain's constitutional crisis

The Telegraph: Federalism is the only solution to Britain's constitutional crisis

Article by Philip Booth

"The Conservative Party’s preferred solution has become known as "English Votes for English Laws" (EVEL). This will lead to unstable and opaque government and, eventually, to a constitutional crisis. To start with, different MPs will be responsible for different types of legislation. But, also, what would happen if the Labour Party had a majority in the UK and not in England? It would form the government and have Secretaries of State for Health, Education, and so on, but it would not actually be able to pass legislation about such things. The government would be impotent across large areas of policy – but the Conservatives would not be able to govern England either because the government would be determined by which party had a majority in the whole House of Commons.

There is one solution to all these problems. A proper federal structure must be created for the UK. David Cameron should have proposed this when the Scots had their referendum and he would have won hands down."


Very few writers have drawn attention to the consitutional crisis inherent in EVEL. As Philip Booth says, how would the Labour Party be able to govern the UK if it won an election in the whole UK, but was unable to legislate for England?

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