Written Constitution In The Uk Essay

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‘Our working definition of a constitution is that it is the set of laws, rules and practices that create the basic institutions of the state and its component and related parts, and stipulate the powers of those institutions and the relationship between the different institutions and between those institutions and the individual.’ . In most countries, the ground rules of a constitution concern how governments are formed, what their powers are and what rights citizens have are found in written constitutions which differs to the constitution found in the United Kingdom. A written constitution is a formal document defining the nature of the constitutional settlement, the rules that govern the political system and the rights of…show more content…
Contrary to this, in the UK, the people in a referendum have failed to formally ratify the ‘constitution’ which can mean it lacks legitimacy. As well as this, unlike in the normal constitution, the laws of the constitution in the United Kingdom have not acclaimed any higher legal status than any of the other laws. The final characteristic which Ridley discusses in his article is the fact that constitutions should be entrenched and therefore the laws of a constitution should be difficult or even impossible to alter them. However, in the UK this is not the case because of parliamentary sovereignty as historically the laws in the UK could not by law be entrenched. For example when the Supreme Court was created to take over from the Appellate Committee of the House of Lords which was the highest domestic court. It may be argued that the UK would benefit from the reform as a codified constitution as seen in many countries as it may be arguably easier for constituents to understand and therefore benefit from it. A benefit of a codified constitution could lead to an opportunity to address the scale of executive power, the adequacy of arrangements for holding the executive to account, the unelected nature of the House of Lords, the electoral system, and the lack of entrenched protection for human
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