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England Should Have Its Own Parliament

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Started: 2/23/2014 Category: Politics
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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EthanGray

Pro

An English Parliament would ensure that the present democratic deficit operating in the UK was addressed. It would ensure that England has influence and that the people of England have a voice in the UK, within Europe and on the international stage to promote England"s culture, tourism, history and trade.

The future of England can be bright, whether it is as part of the UK, as an independent nation state or as a state within Europe. Regardless of which route we take we must first have recognition in order to preserve and codify our individual identity as an historic nation, this is only fair. Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, quite rightly, already have this and therefore I believe England should have its own Parliament.
ribbs056

Con

England has the lion-share of the population of the UK and therefore receives a larger representation in Westminster. Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales have less control over the parliament in Westminster and therefore deserve to have their own assemblies. England can democratically have its issues solved by the parliament they already mostly control.
Debate Round No. 1
EthanGray

Pro

Scottish, Northern Irish and Welsh MP's do not have less control over Westminster, apart from in the size of their representation, which is an issue which needs to be solved; however when Westminster legislate on what is devolved in the constituent parts of the UK of Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, they are in effect passing legislation that only affects England; these can be quite major issues too, such as Health, Education, Transport and the Environment: Why should Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish MPs have any say on these England only issues?

An English Parliament with the same devolved powers of a Scottish Parliament would not unbalance the Union. Each parliament would be responsible for policy and the allocation of resources within its own territory. The effect of size would be no greater than that already existing in the UK parliament where 81% of the MPs represent English constituencies, this as I say needs solving, but it is an entirely different issue. Devolution marks an important stage in English constitutional and democratic history. The people of England are entitled to be consulted and given a choice about the form devolution should take. Other matters, such as those relating to the size and power of England, can be dealt with in a constitutional settlement for the whole UK, which could include reform of the House of Lords.

As found in a survey of the National Council for Social Research, support for an English Parliament is growing and Westminster MP's, not from England, can have a decisive effect on English domestic law and policy, which is not as favorable to England as it would be if we have our own Parliament. The ability of the Scottish Parliament to introduce legislation more favourable to its people than that applicable to those in England e.g. University fees; Care of the Elderly; certain NHS prescription drugs being available in Scotland is fair, but this should happen in England and the only way to permanently tackle this is to establish and English Parliament.

An English Parliament would also force the UK Westminster government to recognise 'Englishness' if you like, government forms, such as those for the Census, do not recognise English nationality (but 'Welsh', 'Scottish' and 'Northern Irish' are clearly there' and again addressing the question of size, Scotland has more MP's than it should do anyway, as Scottish constituencies are smaller and this is one of the measures that have been taken to improve the amount of representation each nation has.
ribbs056

Con

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Debate Round No. 2
EthanGray

Pro

Firstly please continue debating, as now I have nothing to debate against, thus I shall simply take this opportunity to summarise why an English Parliament is needed, firstly England needs to be recognised politically and constitutionally, secondly the union needs to be rebalanced, thirdly an English Parliament would ensure the future existence of England as a constituent country and part of the United Kingdom, it would ensure an equal voice nationally (in Westminster) and internationally (in Europe and beyond). Most importantly it would ensure that the UK is a country formed of constituent countries with equal representation and enfranchisement and would ensure equal amounts of funding, we would also have equitable taxation and would be able to control our own assets.

It would make legislation for England, by the English and in our interests and would protect the English national identity and culture, which is in the slow and gradual process of being British identity and culture. In this way we would also be able to prevent internal conflicts and discrimination on the grounds of nationhood and finally would improve the country touristically and is also the only effective solution to the West Lothian Question.
ribbs056

Con

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Debate Round No. 3
EthanGray

Pro

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ribbs056

Con

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Debate Round No. 4
EthanGray

Pro

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ribbs056

Con

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Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by EthanGray 3 years ago
EthanGray
Since my contender has given up on this debate, I shall set up a new one.
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