An English parliament should sit in place of the House of Commons
They should give up worrying. Brexit will drive reform on the constitutional front, just as it will do through much of public life.
It is the size of England that makes devolution more, not less, important. But England’s size does put a price on success.
England, yet again, needs to be generous in establishing the new constitutional order.
There’s no problem with establishing an English parliament. The House of Commons as we know it today would be abolished. In its place would be the election of MPs to an English parliament that would sit in the House of Commons.
A Commons Senate could replace the House of Lords
The Senate should be elected, but not by giving party whips the chance to stack it full again with their candidates who failed to get elected to the Commons. Elections there will be but the establishment of the Senate will reflect those great organisations – the professions, arts and culture, industry, including both employers and trade unions – which would get to elect one or two senators for a fixed term of 10 years.
Likewise, there would be elections of another group of senators based on geography.
Election to the English parliament would be on a constituency basis
The legislation from the English parliament, and those from the other three parliaments, would be considered, revision offered, but the Senate would not have powers of outright rejection.
Sovereign constitutional powers would reside in each of the four UK parliaments.
English senators would have to work with other senators on major pieces of business.
It would attract people who head their own sections of public life. Likewise, each senator would know that their term was limited, a move that should increase their sense of value and independence.