English Votes For English Laws

Today the Public Administration and Constitutional Affairs Committee (PACAC) of which I am a member released a report titled “The Future of the Union: English Votes for English Laws”. The report raises several concerns about the “complexity and workability” of EVEL.

EVEL has been an absolute dog’s dinner from the start. What has transpired has been a farce with no opposition party now supporting these changes to the Standing Orders. What is clear about this report is that Cameron doesn’t even have support for EVEL from within his own party. What we have before us in an unsustainable solution and the wrong answer to the constitutional question. I echo the report’s recommendation for the UK Government to use the twelve month review period we are now in to urgently establish a set of comprehensive proposals that all parties can support.

Picture from Dan Forest