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18:00 - 19:30 22 May 2017

Reassessing the Fixed Term Parliaments Act


Council Room | Rubin Building (link Map)
29–30 Tavistock Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Public | Academic | Student
Admission: 0
Ticketing: Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Carl Gardner, Author, What a Fix-Up!
Prof Gavin Phillipson, Durham University

This event will feature a debate between two legal experts. Carl Gardner (author of What a Fix-Up!) will argue that although the Fixed-term Parliaments Act was sold as a principled reduction of Prime Ministerial privilege, its real aim and effect is to empower the sitting government at the expense of opposition and the public—as has been proved by Theresa May's snap election. The Act must be repealed as soon as possible: we must never fall into the trap of giving politicians a written constitution they can game.

Prof Gavin Phillipson (Durham University) will argue that the core constitutional justification for the Act was that it transferred the power to trigger an early General Election from the Royal Prerogative, exercised in practice by the Prime Minister, to the House of Commons. The Commons’ use of the trigger power does not affect this. Indeed it shows that criticisms of the FTPA as overly rigid were always wide of the mark.


Bernadette Ross
+44 (0)20 7679 4977 | b.ross@ucl.ac.uk


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