The United Kingdom 's Constitution

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A constitution is a fundamental building block in any nation’s government foundation; it establishes the relationship between the government and the governed, highlighting the principles of the state and the organisation of the different branches in which we are managed and maintained. As a collection of statute law, common law, conventions, European treaties and laws and works of authority, each of these different sources that contribute to the constitution are processed and regulated in extremely different ways. A constitution is found in two ways; uncodified or codified, codified being the placement of all laws and statutes in one place such as the US constitution and uncodified being a collection of laws and statutes that aren’t compiled into one body, but rather in many different formats and places. However, the United Kingdom’s constitution is seen as an archaic and endangered species due to it being uncodified, rarely used by governments across the globe as it can be seen as an inefficient and less democratic method of governing a nation. Remaining uncodified is a result of two main things: A codified constitution is usually the result of massive, constitutional change which our nation has not seen since the time of 1066 when we briefly became a republic with the abolishment of the monarchy. Therefore a codified constitution has never been seen as desirable nor needed in any capacity. The other main resulting factor of the United Kingdom’s Decision to never compact the constitution is the fact that an uncodified constitution is ultimately easier to change and develop, whereas a codified constitution would need super majority of over two thirds of parliament to alter the laws or amendments, resulting in a less flexible gover... ... middle of paper ... ...l culture that is widely desired. A codified constitution would critically undermine this tradition, stripping parliament of its sovereignty meaning it would no longer be the highest authority with almost uncontested power. Parliamentary sovereignty has naturally evolved and is extremely efficient, it is highly respected and seen as a completely functioning style of governance; raising the argument of if codifying constitution is a needless task and serves no purpose to the government and provides no benefit to the population. If the constitution is working, it is argued that changing it would cripple the foundations of our nation and the evolution of our political culture will be diminished, as all power would reside in a codified document in which parliament would serve. Retainment of our current uncodified constitution means this tradition is very well protected.
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