The End of Ministerial Responsibility?

The intervention assesses four ways in which the doctrine of ministerial responsibility might be said to be ending in the UK: first in constitutional scholarship, given diminishing academic attention paid to these conventions; second in constitutional practice, by evaluating the crises of collective and individual responsibility in the governments of May and Johnson; third in the shift from reliance on constitutional conventions of ministerial responsibility to reliance on a formal Ministerial Code; and fourth, in recent prominent proposals for further reform in this area, by providing a legislative basis for the rules in the Ministerial Code.