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 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 make up 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
09/03/16
Submission for

How to do a Constitutional Convention in the UK

Type
Constitutional Convention
Date published
15/07/15
Submission for

English Votes for English Laws

Type
Constitutional Convention