Constitutional Convention

Citizens should decide where power lies in this country.

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After the Scottish independence and European referendums, nothing in the UK can be the same. But if there is one thing which that both referendums made clear, it was that people do not accept that these decisions should be made by politicians behind closed doors.

What’s a Constitutional Convention?

A constitutional convention is a process for involving members of the public in making decisions about the constitutional shape of a country, region, nation or state. Conventions and assemblies on constitutional issues have been held in a number of countries and regions, including Ireland, Iceland and British Columbia. The UK also has experience of constitutional conventions, most notably the Scottish Constitutional Convention which paved the way for the creation of the Scottish Parliament.

The design and composition of these conventions reflect the unique geographical, historical and political makeup of each of these areas, and the moment in time in which the conventions took place. While there are lessons to be drawn, the UK will need a convention suited to its own distinct composition and needs.

It’s time for a UK-wide, citizen-led Constitutional Convention to decide the future shape of our country.

We need a UK Constitutional Convention

After the Scottish independence and European referendums, nothing in the UK can be the same. But if there is one thing which that both referendums made clear, it was that people do not accept that these decisions should be made by politicians behind closed doors.

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Date published
08/07/19
Submission for

What Are Citizens’ Assemblies?

Type
Citizens' Assembly on Brexit
Date published
04/07/19
Submission for

Labour Party Justice and Home Affairs policy commission submission

Type
Constitutional Convention