EVEL plans descend into farce

Scottish Liberal Democrat MP Alistair Carmichael today said the government’s plans for English Votes for English Laws (EVEL) have descended into farce.

Mr Carmichael was commenting after the Leader of the House of Commons announced that ministers would look again at the detail of the plans.  

Mr Carmichael, who led an emergency debate on the EVEL plans earlier this week, described this announcement as a humiliating climbdown and reiterated his calls for the government to bring forward primary legislation to ensure reforms are scrutinised properly.

Commenting, Mr Carmichael said:

"The government's EVEL plans have descended into farce. The fact that ministers have been forced to go back to the drawing board shows just how badly they have misjudged this issue. 

"The emergency debate I secured earlier this week showed that MPs on all sides of the House of Commons had serious concerns over the speed with which the government was forcing through their shoddy plans. 

"This is a humiliating climbdown from the Leader of the House but it does not go far enough. There is no way that changes of this magnitude should be introduced through the standing orders of the House of Commons. If the government is convinced that their reforms are fair, they should have the courage of their convictions and bring forward primary legislation to ensure that reforms get the full scrutiny required."


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