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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 to examine the structure, institutions and processes of the UK’s constitution, and to put forward proposals for changing them.
  • The Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee, which is conducting an inquiry into the proposed commission, notes that:

“So far, the Government have made no announcements about the form or timing of the Commission beyond the commitments made in the Conservative Manifesto and Queen’s speech.”

  • That clear statement from the Select Committee, combined with ministers’ failure to provide further information when asked in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords, means this policy is ‘not started’.

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