6 points that show why English votes on English Laws will fail to address the English Question.
The Centre for Constitutional Change with the support of the Economic and Social Research Council and the Constitution Unit at UCL, have published a report today entitled, ‘Finding the good in Evel’
Eddie Bone, Campaign Director for the Campaign for an English Parliament stated
“Basically English votes on English laws (EVEL) is legislatively weak because it is just a reversible procedural device that can be overturned at any time. It doesn’t address the English Question or rebalance the UK because there isn’t any administration devoted to English policy / affairs. Additionally, The House of Lords, who revise and scrutinise laws proposed by the British government, contains members from across the UK as do select committees’..
Scilla Cullen, the Campaign for an English Parliament’s membership secretary has put together 6 points on why English Votes for English Laws will fail to address the English Question the following points:
1. It is a procedural device, without the force of legislation, which can be reversed at any time.
2. The votes of English MPs can still be overturned as seen when English voting for extended Sunday trading was overturned by the votes of Scottish MPs in the Westminster Parliament.
3. It does not restrict the ability of a government at Westminster to appoint Ministers for English affairs from other countries of the UK
4. English laws are still proposed by a British Government and revised and scrutinised by a House of Lords, containing members from across the UK, whereas the laws passed by the devolved administrations are not subject to scrutiny by the Upper House..
5. There is no administration devoted to English affairs and membership of select committees for English matters include members of the SNP, who can influence decisions on policy for England
6. It does not address the lack of representation of England per se either within the UK or internationally as in the EU or the British/Irish council.