Following the election result some pundits have suggested that English votes for English laws might be an obstacle to the government, given its reliance on support from non-English MPs, whilst others have suggested the procedures might provide the government with an enhanced English majority. In this post Daniel Gover and Michael Kenny explain that neither of these possibilities is likely to occur. However, the territorial balance of the new Commons could cause the West Lothian question to come back to the fore – though not solely in relation to England.
The Conservative government’s failure to win a majority in the recent UK general election has forced Theresa May to seek an alliance with the Democratic Unionist Party. Kaitlin Ball reflects on the enduring power of paramilitarism in Northern Ireland politics and asks whether the peace process will survive May's 'coalition of chaos'.