A British Bundesrat? The Brown Commission and the Future of the House of Lords
Reform of the House of Lords has occupied the minds of politicians, civil servants and academics for over a century. In late 2022, the Labour Party published a proposal for the replacement of the Lords with a new, democratically elected, Assembly of the Nations and Regions. This proposed Assembly resembles, at least superficially, the German Bundesrat. The author reviews the history of Lords reform, examines Labour’s proposals, compares the envisioned Assembly with the Bundesrat and concludes that the former will be found wanting.
Keywords: United Kingdom; Germany; constitutional law; Parliament; House of Lords; Bundesrat; constitutional reform.
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