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Set up a Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission that will examine our constitution

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After Brexit we also need to look at the broader aspects of our constitution [...]. In our first year we will set up a Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission that will examine these issues in depth, and come up with proposals to restore trust in our institutions and in how our democracy operates.

Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.48

Our verdict

  • This is a promise to set up a commission, in the first year of the government’s term of office, to examine the structure, institutions and processes of the UK’s constitution, and to put forward proposals for changing them.
  • Giving evidence to the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee in December 2020, the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland, indicated that this policy had been quietly dropped: 

“..the proposal to have a commission was a reasonable one…but…the approach that we are now taking, delivering this work by specific reviews…will…allow us to develop policy in a more structured way…” 

  • With the government stating that it no longer intends to establish the promised commission, and the one-year deadline for fulfilment missed, this policy is ‘broken’.

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