UK Politics

A Citizens’ Assembly could undermine parliament

BY Mark Fox   /  21 June 2019

While most eyes at Westminster are resolutely fixed on the knock-out rounds of the Conservative leadership contest and Labour’s ongoing swithering on its Brexit position, an influential coalition of MPs announced plans for a Citizen’s Assembly. Six of the House of Commons most powerful Select Committees – Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy; Environmental Audit; Housing, Communities and Local Government; Science and Technology; Transport; and Treasury – came together to announce a huge consultation “on combatting climate change and achieving the pathway to net zero carbon emissions.” It was, they said, a response to “the Prime Minister’s commitment last week to an ambitious new target for the UK to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions to net zero by 2050.”


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