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Prorogation one year on: A case for reform?

Published on: 25 September 2020
Published by: LexisPSL
  • Prorogation one year on: A case for reform?
  • What is prorogation?
  • What are the legal limits on prorogation?
  • Reaction to the Supreme Court judgment
  • Proposals to reform prorogation law
  • Three different ‘models’ for reform emerged in those discussions:
  • Committee reports
  • Further reading

Article summary

Public Law analysis: A year ago, the Supreme Court unanimously declared that Parliament had been unlawfully prorogued. This unprecedented judgment raised fundamental questions about the relationship between the legislature, the executive, and the courts in the UK. Two recent reports from parliamentary committees recommend the law of prorogation should be reviewed as part of a wider statutory review of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011. In this Insight, Graeme Cowie, constitutional law researcher with the House of Commons Library, and Professor Adam Cygan of the University of Leicester, Parliamentary Academic Fellow working with the House of Commons Library, explain what the current law of prorogation is, why some experts think it should be reformed, and what some of the options for reform might be. or take a trial to read the full analysis.

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