A number of interesting articles have been published recently about the Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill and the Judicial Review and Courts Bill.
Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill:
This is a government bill introduced to repeal the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 and to "revive" the former prerogative power to dissolve Parliament so that a Prime Minister will be able to "call" a general election at any time. It appears that the revived power will exist in law only because of the new Act. The power will not be justiciable in the courts. See the House of Commons Library briefing
Two earlier postson this blog considered the Bill -
On 28 July 2021, Professor Alison Young published an article on the Constitution blog - The Dissolution and Calling of Parliament Bill - a return to constitutional normality - where it is argued that the Bill transfers power from Parliament to the government and not to the people and that it is wrong to place the blame for the extraordinary events of 2019 on the provisions of the Fixed-term Parliaments Act.
Prof. Young says - "As well as transferring power from Parliament to the Executive, the Bill also places trust in the Monarch and not the courts to provide a check on the executive in exceptional circumstances."
It is unclear how, if at all in practice, the Monarch could refuse a requested dissolution. It is probably too much to expect that a largely ceremonial monarchy will be able to exercise any real influence over such matters.
(Professor Young is the Sir David Williams Professor of Public Law at the University of Cambridge and is a legal advisor to the House of Lords Constitution Committee).
The Judicial Review provisions in this Bill have attracted the most attention - see previous post
Nonetheless, the other provisions in the Bill are of major importance -
In an article published by Politics UK (2 August 2021), Ian Dunt considers the judicial review part of the Bill and sees it as government "taking revenge" on the courts.