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    "The West Lothian question refers to the debate in the United Kingdom over whether Members of Parliament from outside England -- from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales -- can vote on matters that affect only England."

    What is the argument against allowing the English to vote on their own issues at Westminster?

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    (Original post by Blueray2)
    "The West Lothian question refers to the debate in the United Kingdom over whether Members of Parliament from outside England -- from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales -- can vote on matters that affect only England."

    What is the argument against allowing the English to vote on their own issues at Westminster?

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    You could say that there are lots of Welsh, Scottish and Irish people who are affected by the changes, and therefore foreign MPs need to have a say.
    Britain is a racially diverse country, it could be wrong to assume that the whole country agrees with what the English want.

    Albeit, the above arguments are quite weak, but hopefully they'll suffice!
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    (Original post by Alex-Torres)
    You could say that there are lots of Welsh, Scottish and Irish people who are affected by the changes, and therefore foreign MPs need to have a say.
    Britain is a racially diverse country, it could be wrong to assume that the whole country agrees with what the English want.

    Albeit, the above arguments are quite weak, but hopefully they'll suffice!

    Labour created a huge mess through their devolution strategy.
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    This should be your first port of call: http://tmc.independent.gov.uk/wp-con...arch-20131.pdf
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    (Original post by Alex-Torres)
    You could say that there are lots of Welsh, Scottish and Irish people who are affected by the changes, and therefore foreign MPs need to have a say.
    Britain is a racially diverse country, it could be wrong to assume that the whole country agrees with what the English want.

    Albeit, the above arguments are quite weak, but hopefully they'll suffice!
    Thats great thanks

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    This should be your first port of call: http://tmc.independent.gov.uk/wp-con...arch-20131.pdf
    Wow big document, I only needed like a sentence or two, but this is serious stuff, well done chap!
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    (Original post by Blueray2)
    "The West Lothian question refers to the debate in the United Kingdom over whether Members of Parliament from outside England -- from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales -- can vote on matters that affect only England."

    What is the argument against allowing the English to vote on their own issues at Westminster?

    Thanks!
    The English can vote on their own issues. I presume you meant only the English?

    I haven't heard many good arguments against such a proposal. Perhaps the only one which had any resonance with me is that there are many issues - the last increase in university tuition fees, for instance - which ostensibly affect only England but inevitably have a big effect elsewhere, too. That argument doesn't cut it, for me, though. After all, it's conceivable that the policies of the devolved administrations could have a similar effect on England.

    Otherwise, the arguments I've heard tend to focus on preserving the unity of the UK by pretending on issues like education and health that Westminster is still where decisions are made for the whole UK. Head in the sand nonsense, if you ask me.

    Realistically, Labour (probably Libs too) would never vote for any proposal to address the West Lothian question because it would hurt their capability to get their way in the Commons. The Tories probably have some unfathomable reason, too.
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    (Original post by Blueray2)
    "The West Lothian question refers to the debate in the United Kingdom over whether Members of Parliament from outside England -- from Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales -- can vote on matters that affect only England."

    What is the argument against allowing the English to vote on their own issues at Westminster?

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    The cost of an English Parliament.

    As England has over 70% of the population and wealth of the UK an English parliament would undermine the UK government and parliament
 
 
 
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