Brown offers parliament last say on war

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed on Tuesday giving parliament the final word on going to war, saying he planned to relinquish a raft of powers traditionally held by the head of the government.

Brown offers parliament last say on war
British Prime Minister Gordon Brown proposed on Tuesday giving parliament the final word on going to war, saying he planned to relinquish a raft of powers traditionally held by the head of the government.

The measures are designed to bolster public trust in a Labour government and in British politics, shattered by his predecessor Tony Blair's decision to back the U.S.-led war on Iraq and by allegations of sleaze.

Brown said he wanted parliament to hold United States-style hearings on key appointments and assume the power, currently held by the prime minister, to ratify international treaties.

Brown proposed relinquishing or limiting powers held by the head of government for centuries in 12 areas.

They included the power to declare war, to dissolve or recall parliament and to appoint judges and bishops.

He proposed that new members of the Bank of England's Monetary Policy Committee, including the governor of the central bank, be subject to greater parliamentary scrutiny through hearings.

Brown also said he would consult on a bill of rights for Britain and on lowering the voting age.
Last Mod: 04 Temmuz 2007, 00:24
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