The Will of the People?

The History of Petitioning in Britain and Its Implications for Today
Mark Knights, Professor of History, University of Warwick

In this podcast, Professor Mark Knights assesses how the will of the British people has been expressed through the device of petitioning throughout the ages, drawing lessons for the Britain of today. 

He asks: Is there, as Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Liz Truss has suggested, a 'settled will of the people'? If so, how is this best expressed: through a referendum, through Parliament, or through petitions? Professor Knights considers the recent enormous e-petitions about Brexit and Donald Trump's state visit to the UK, and explains the legal status of a petition, and how this can be disputed.