A year ago, the Prime Minister called a general election in the hopes of getting a majority to help her get Brexit through Parliament. But Jill Rutter says that her failure to adapt parliamentary tactics after the election result is an even bigger own goal.
The Liaison Committee is finally up and running and will question the Prime Minister on Wednesday. Dr Hannah White argues that the committee needs to up its game and increase the impact of all select committees.
The delayed EU Withdrawal Bill finally returns to the Commons this week. Jill Rutter argues that the Government needs to engage with Parliament properly if the timetable for scrutiny is not to be compressed further.
The Government still hasn’t announced when the EU Withdrawal Bill will return to Parliament. Dr Hannah White says its absence will have an impact on both the Brexit negotiations and the Government’s ability to deliver Brexit-related legislation in time.
Labour’s Sir Keir Starmer and the Conservatives’ Ken Clarke both say that Parliament should reject a ‘no deal’ outcome on Brexit. Raphael Hogarth argues that this is an issue on which parliamentarians are less powerful than they might hope.
David Davis and Michel Barnier agree that citizens’ rights should have “direct effect” after Brexit, but Raphael Hogarth argues that it is still far from clear that the UK has found a way to break the deadlock on enforcement.
The Government continues to receive criticism for its manoeuvres to control debate and scrutiny in the House of Commons. Dr Catherine Haddon argues that such battles also show the opportunities parliamentarians have to assert themselves.