Skip to comments.British Lords want more power over EU laws
Posted on 03/24/2014 10:09:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
National parliaments should be able to initiate reviews of existing EU law, according to a report by the UK parliament.
The paper, published on Monday (24 March), by the House of Lords EU committee, says domestic lawmakers should have more power in the EU legislative process.
There should be a way for a group of like-minded national parliaments to make constructive suggestions for EU policy initiatives, it notes.
We would envisage a Green Card as recognizing a right for a number of national parliaments working together to make constructive policy or legislative suggestions, including for the review or repeal of existing legislation, not creating a (legally more problematic) formal right for national parliaments to initiate legislation.
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Interesting how the House of Lords is taking action in just this way that the Brits are demanding be done.
It’s an advantage in having a non elected chamber - it doesn’t have to care much about the next election and can take a longer view.
I have a friend who used to sit in the Lords before they got rid of most of the hereditary peers - he’s an Earl. He didn’t actually agree too much with the idea of hereditary privileges, as it happened, but he said the one thing it did in Britain was mean that laws were reviewed by people who were thinking of the impact they would have on their sons and grandsons and great-grandsons, and who also thought about the idea that if they made a mistake they would be disappointing their fathers, grandfathers, and great-grandfathers - “The Commons plan for the next five years. The Lords plan for the next five centuries. If an idea meets both tests, it’s probably a good idea.”
It’s not a system anybody would design from scratch nowadays, and there are obviously problems with it as well, but it had its strength. And while the Life Peers of today, don’t have quite the same long term view as the old House, even if they are just planning for five decades, there’s still a lot of truth in it.
Exactly; you see, I never had issues with hereditary privilege since after all, it does not really prevent Brits from getting jobs and getting on with their lives. The aristocrats are basically harmless. It’s too bad that the peers were scapegoated all because Blair was on a rampage.
Go figure a lot of Labor officials gladly took titles.