Who has the right to vote the England-only laws?

Due to a recent report the majority of MPs representing English constituencies should back Legislation that affects England only.

The McKay Commission was launched in order to take a decision if Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish MPs have the right to vote on English-only matters.

The words of the government about the report mentioned were that it needed to be seriously considered.

As Scottish and Welsh MPs supported the English government in 2004, it was allowed to push through the introduction of university top-up fees.

However, the current situation was announced to be “unsustainable” so serious changes had to be made.

The proposal of the McKay Commission was that the MPs of different districts had to take decisions only about their regions, which proposal is not only for England but also for Wales.

MPs would be given specific Parliamentary time to debate either to endorse or reject the plans for England.

The commission gave the idea that the proportion of English MPs who have supported a Bill would be published together with the final results.

“If a government was seen to have failed to attract the support of a majority of MPs from England [or England and Wales] for business affecting those interests, it would be likely to sustain severe political damage,” it says.

The opinion of the commission chairman Sir William McKay was that Westminster law-making had to focus on England and Wales as soon as possible.

He added that according to surveys people in England were not satisfied of the existing arrangements and supported change.

“There is a feeling that England is at a disadvantage, and that it’s not right that MPs representing the devolved nations should be able to vote on matters affecting England.”

In a statement the cabinet Office spokesman said they would first have to think carefully before announcing the final decision.

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