Andrew Tyrie MP urges the government to finally answer the West Lothian Question.
In a new report Voice and Veto: Answering the West Lothian Question, published by the Centre for Policy Studies on the Friday 17 November, the MP argues that as constitutional reform continues in the aftermath of the Scottish independence referendum, English interests must now be protected.
Mr Tyrie warns that:
Instead, Mr Tyrie argues that:
A similar approach was a central recommendation of the 2008 report by the Conservative Party’s Democracy Task Force, led by Ken Clarke MP.
Andrew Tyrie MP explains:
“The McKay Commission’s approach will be unacceptable to English opinion, and rightly so. Its lack of an ultimate veto power would mean that the English could still have legislation foisted on them that largely or entirely affects only them. It is clear that the West Lothian Question is not answered by McKay. Equally, the leap to an English Parliament represents an unnecessarily radical and disruptive approach, alien to the British tradition of constitutional reform, carrying huge attendant risks.
Action must be taken now. The call for English Votes for English Laws is not a narrow sectional demand, still less a slogan. It is a statement of the minimum necessary to stabilise the Union in the long term. The Cabinet Committee’s essential task is to identify how this is to be done.”