Category Archives: Relations Between Branches

How did Boris Johnson (eventually) ‘Get Brexit Done’?

See the source image
Boris Johnson became Prime Minister on the 24th July 2019.

The travails of Theresa May in trying to achieve Brexit have been well documented, including in this article here! However, it is easy to forger now that when Boris Johnson became Prime Minister, he faced his own significant challenges.

Continue reading

What is sovereignty and where does it reside in the British political system?

What is sovereignty?

Parliament is legally sovereign in the UK system.

Sovereignty refers to ‘supreme authority’ or ‘ultimate legal power’. In Britain, the notion of parliamentary sovereignty – that sovereignty is held by the institution of Parliament – is one of the most important principles of the British constitution. Indeed, the constitutional scholar A.V Dicey called parliamentary sovereignty one of the ‘twin pillars of the constitution’, the other being the Rule of Law:

Continue reading

What are the best examples of Judicial Review in the Supreme Court since 2009?

White men still dominate judiciary, says Justice report | Judiciary | The  Guardian
The justices of the Supreme Court make the final judicial decisions on key issues bought before it.

Since the Supreme Court was established in 2009, there have been a number of significant examples of judicial review that have taken place. As the UK’s final court of appeal for both civil and criminal cases, the Supreme Court is the final judicial adjudicator on key legal and constitutional issues bought before it. Cases come to the Supreme Court after they have previously been handled by the lower courts:

Continue reading

Why do Cabinet Reshuffles take place and why is the ‘Night of the Long Knives’ so famous?

Harold Macmillan oversaw the Night of the Long Knives.

Cabinet reshuffles happen fairly regularly in the UK and take place for a number of reasons. But there has been no reshuffle anything like that which happened on 13th July 1962 when Harold Macmillan oversaw a reshuffle that was so brutal that it became known as the ‘Night of the Long Knives, after the infamous event of 30th June 1934 when Hitler’s SS purged the SA.

There are a number of reasons that a Prime Minister might want to reshuffle their cabinet:

Continue reading