Earlier this month, senior Conservatives told The Times the Government was looking at plans to reform the House of Lords. The proposals were drawn up by Lord Salisbury, the former leader of the House of Lords, who is currently advocating with the Constitution Reform Group (CRG) for the Act of Union Bill. The Bill, which is said to be “on the desk” of Mr Johnson’s team, is the first attempt to “devise a coherent plan for what should happen after many powers return from the European Union”.
One of the most radical reforms, the group said, concerns the House of Lords.
Mr Johnson has not yet said anything regarding the Bill, but during Prime Minister’s Questions he announced a committee on the Constitution will be set up in the Spring.
In an interview with Express.co.uk, former Conservative MEP Daniel Hannan urged Mr Johnson to look at constitutional reforms in a “sensible” way – and revealed what he believes should be the Prime Minister’s top priorities.
He said: “Do we need a written constitution?
Dan Hannan calls for three constitutional reforms Boris Johnson should adopt (Image: GETTY)
Prime Minister Boris Johnson (Image: GETTY)
“I think we certainly need to update our constitutional practice.
“What the last three years have shown is that the standing bureaucracy is out of control and this goes way beyond Brexit.
“Although Brexit is the issue that brought it to our head.
“Elected representatives are no longer really able to make decisions when the blob of unelected permanent officials have their own agenda.
“We are going to need to tackle that and I think a number of other things have crept up over the years have become harder and harder to defend.”
Mr Hannan added: “The devolution settlement is asymmetric and anomalous. We need to balance it again.
“The composition of the House of Lords is not going to survive another change of government.
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