Set up a Constitution, Democracy & Rights Commission that will examine our constitution
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Conservative Party Manifesto 2019, p.48
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.
- 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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