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British House of Commons

The Scottish Debate for Independence
The UK Migrant Dilemma

About this Committee

The British House of Commons is the popularly elected legislative body of the bicameral British Parliament. Although it is technically the lower house, the House of Commons is predominant over the House of Lords, and the name “Parliament” is often used to refer to the House of Commons alone. Delegates in BHOC will encounter issues such as national security, economic crisis, and international alliance structures. This year at HAMUN, the BHOC will be set in the present and delegates will act as current Members of Parliament (MPs) to address some of the newest and continuously developing issues facing the United Kingdom. With new calls from Scotland’s Leader for independence, delegates will have to tackle the future of Scotland and the possibility of referenda while keeping in mind growing tensions within the majority party and previous struggles for independence. Further, delegates will also address Britain’s failing migrant and refugee policies. Recently under intense international scrutiny for an attempt to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, the BHOC must work to maintain British interests while also supporting the international community. As a Specialized Committee, delegates will follow (and be guided into) some procedures key to the British House of Commons that will work to create a more dynamic and spirited debate. For example, delegates will present their solutions like actual members of parliament with actual on the floor debates.

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Aruna Muthupillai
Specialized Chair
Teresa Roark
Vice Chair
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