Author Archive for Lord Norton

The work of the Constitution Committee

Lord Norton

I have already drawn attention to the work of the Constitution Committee on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and our recent interim report on the measure.  (You can read the report here.)  We are now embarking on an inquiry into the Bill. We began with our first evidence session last Wednesday (1 November) when we took evidence…

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Lord Norton

The House of Lords Constitution Committee is required to report to the House on Bills of constitutional significance.  The Committee’s practice is to publish a report once a Bill arrives in the House.  However, the constitutional significance of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which has just been introduced in the Commons, is such that the…

A tied vote

Lord Norton

There was an interesting result in a division today on an amendment to the Wales Bill.  The vote was tied 222 to 222.  Where there is a tied vote, which occasionally happens, the Lord Speaker, or peer on the Woolsack, has no casting vote.  The rule that determines the outcome is straightforward.  There has to be a majority…

Calling an early election…

Lord Norton

There is much speculation about the Prime Minister ‘calling’ an early election.  A Prime Minister cannot ‘call’ an early election.  The Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 put paid to that.  I have previously explained the provisions of the Act.  The PM can go to the House of Commons to get it to vote (by a 2/3…