Electoral Reform Society says It’s time to take the English Votes for English Laws debate outside of Westminster.
Statement from the Electoral Reform Society
For immediate release – 22nd October 2015, 17:00
Regarding plans to introduce 'English Votes for English Laws', Katie Ghose, Chief Executive of the Electoral Reform Society, said:
“The introduction of English Votes for English Laws would be a highly significant change, not just to voting procedure but to the future of the relationship with devolved nations and UK democracy. These proposals have constitutional consequences beyond changes to parliamentary procedure – so it’s vital that citizens have a say.
“This significant change should be considered alongside other constitutional issues, with the input of the UK public as part of a citizen-led constitutional convention. We can’t leave it to ‘great and the good’ alone to decide on Britain’s constitutional future.
“So far, citizens’ engagement in the EVEL and devolution debates has been limited – but the appetite is there.
“Leading academics in conjunction with the Electoral Reform Society have just this week launched an important new democratic initiative to help deal with these profound constitutional changes – ‘Citizens’ Assemblies’ in Sheffield and Southampton on where power should lie locally.
“Citizen involvement is crucial for public confidence and the sustainability of Britain’s constitution. It’s time to take the debate outside of Westminster.”
Contact Josiah Mortimer, ERS Communications Officer, on 07717211630 for more information, quotes or to arrange an interview.