(Published on 26.9.19)
The issue of our membership of the EU has exposed deep flaws in our political system, raising questions about the relationship between Parliament and Government, the role of the monarch, how the will of the people can be properly expressed, and where sovereignty should lie.
In general elections, voters elect representatives to legislate on ordinary matters and to oversee the routine business of government. Constitutional issues lie outside the sphere of ordinary politics and, because they govern the way ordinary politics operates, there is a clear conflict of interests if MPs themselves are responsible for legislating on them.
We ask that elections be held for a Constitutional Assembly, to sit for up to two years, with power to bring forward legislation on constitutional issues.
As of 26th September, this petition is live. Clicking on the button below will take you to the parliamentary petitions site. Please sign and share it widely.
This is one of a number of constitutional reform petitions I’ve started. Please also look at the others – particularly ‘Delegate the Brexit decision to a specially-elected Assembly’ – and sign any that you agree with. (Link opens in a new tab)