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  Regional Devolution - more than an English Issue
Posted by: NigelGB - 10-22-2015, 10:07 AM - Forum: Regional Devolution - Replies (10)

There seems to be a consensus of opinion that the question of devolution in Scotland and Wales is finished - though with the possible question of when will Scotland go for full independence.  I would submit in fact that this is far from the case.  If we are to argue for the devolution of powers to the regions of England we must in all fairness also support the devolution of powers to the regions of then other nations inside the United Kingdom.  It is all too easy to take Scotland and Wales as single national entities without internal regions.  They are not, and we need to support devolution for the regions within within all the nations of the United Kingdom.

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  Fundamental Law - Nature and Purpose
Posted by: NigelGB - 10-22-2015, 10:00 AM - Forum: Constitutional Reform - Replies (1)

A Fundamental Law is a law that requires more than a decision by the legislative body to change.  Usually some form of vote in favour of change by the citizenship.  Although, but its nature, a Fundamental Law becomes part of the constitutional law of the country it applies to, it is not in itself a constitution.  Though by definition any written constitution must be a fundamental law.

The important thing about a Fundamental Law is that it puts limits on the ability of the Executive and the Legislature to make changes to the way in which the Executive and Legislature of the country operate.  As things stand at present in the United Kingdom Parliament is supreme.  There is no authority over it and it cannot be bound by any action taken by a previous parliament.  So if the government of the day decides that it wants to change the period in which it can be in office to nine hundred and ninety nine years and if it can get the required support in both houses to pass the legislation, it could do so.  A Fundamental Law would stop this.

That is why I am proposing a Fundamental Law at this years Liberal Party Assembly.

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