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Devolution is the transfer of powers from the UK Parliament in Westminster to the Welsh and Northern Irish assemblies in Cardiff and Belfast, and the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh. In 1998, Parliament passed 3 devolution Acts of Parliament: the Scotland Act 1998; the Northern Ireland Act 1998; and the Government of Wales Act 1998, all of which made significant changes to the UK’s uncodified constitution. It was decided after the recent Scottish referendum that more powers are to be devolved. What does this mean for the UK Parliament? There is much debate surrounding the English question – Should MPs with seats in Scotland, Northern Ireland or Wales continue to be allowed to vote on legislation and other matters in the UK Parliament in Westminster that will only affect people in England?

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in the Greater Manchester discussion, I've argued that devolution is not real unless the tax raising powers follow.   This comes from the experience in Scotland where the Scottish Parliament was set up with a fairly broad range of functions but very little control of the budget.  The tax raising power given was to vary the standard rate of income tax by 3p. the power has never been used as the money raised would be so small in comparison to the impacts.   But that means it's easy for a...

Debra Storr
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Debra Storr

We are at various points discussing layers of government.  This idea is very simple. if you are elected at one tier of government, you can not also take a seat at another layer.   You are elected to do one job and one job only. In practice, I would allow a grace period of one year between getting elected to a second position and having to resign the first but councillors should focus on being councillors, MPs on being MPs, members of Assemblies and sub national parliament on being such...

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Suggested constitution clause: 'Central Government spending must be on a basis which is fair to all regions of the [UK].  As a general rule, amounts spent by Central Government in each region must be on the basis that average per-capita expenditure is the same in all regions of the [UK].  Expenditure may however be varied where this is justified by evidence of greater or lesser needs of different regions.'   Idea behind the draft clause: The Barnett Formula should be scrapped and...

Ian Smith
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Suggested clause: -  All enactments in the [UK] must, as far as possible be in the same format and use the same language and legal terminology; and - The Courts of the [UK] must, as far as possible, use the same language and legal terminology.' Idea behind the clause: Legilslation in the UK is in many cases created on a "reserved" basis meaning that the statute in question is akin to a "federal" law to be applied throughout the UK.  An example would be the Companies Acts....

Ian Smith
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If a new constitutional settlement were to result in significant devolved powers to the nations, regions and cities of the UK where does responsibility for protecting the environment lie? Wherever we live we all depend upon a stable climate, clean air and healthy ecosystems. Currently the UK Government has responsibilities for all of these. International agreements, including legally binding at an EU level, requires it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, managing trans-boundary pollution...

Mike Childs
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Mike Childs

1. Regions and other lower levels of government should have the right to raise taxes to pay for the services that they provide. 2. In respect of services that the state is required to provide by statute:   - funding should follow services so that whatever level of government is responsible for a given service has a right to obtaining funding for it from taxes raised centrally by the state   - statutory services should be funded to an equal minimum standard wherever in Britain and by...

Alastair Bruton
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Alastair Bruton

It might be expected that the Federal Trust would welcome the willingness of politicians and commentators after the Scottish referendum to consider seriously what they describe as “federal” structures for the United Kingdom. There is however a strong possibility of entirely the “wrong sort” of federalism’s now commending itself to British policy-makers, particularly in England. Simply to label proposals as “federalist” in inspiration does not of itself guarantee either their correspondence...

The Federal Trust
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The Federal Trust

With the continuing compromises and back-door politics surrounding the SNP and the mainstream parties of Westminster over devolution max or national independence, why not draft up a federal constitution to safeguard the democratic rights of every citizen wherever he lives and to whichever nationality he identifies himself. With a federal constitution we can allocate the correct resources, budget and taxation levels to each region whilst offering equal representation in a federal parliament....

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FederalBritain

Each member state of the UK should be allocated home rule priveleges in a fully fledged federal system

Can Sutcliffe
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Proposal: To incorporate Part 2 of the recommendations of the Commission on Devolution in Wales (also known as the “Silk Commission”) into the constitution, specifically to increase the size of the National Assembly for Wales, to devolve further responsibilities to it, and to change the legislative framework which governs its powers to a Scottish Parliament-style model of reserved powers. The Commission on Devolution in Wales was set up in 2011 following the successful referendum to...

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