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Asses the arguments in favour of and against codification of the British Constitution

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Access the arguments in favour of and against codification of the British Constitution In recent years there has been much debate within Parliament over the possible codification of the British Constitution and it is always a topic that people often find very hard to agree on. Though some parts of what may be a codified constitution have been introduced, such as The Human Rights Act which established a codified set of rules and the introduction of devolution, Britain is currently uncodified and so this brings up the arguments of whether we should be codified or uncodified. A main argument against the codification of Britain is that the current system is very flexible and can be easily adapted to changing circumstances. Britain's constitution is said to be 'organic' which means that when society and its needs and values change, so too can the constitution to fit with that without having to wait. In the constitution at the moment government can pass a new Act quite quickly and new conventions can develop to conform with political and social pressures. ...read more.


They feel that 'it has served Britain well for centuries' and that there have been no revolutions or violent protests against it which proves how it has worked. They may also say that to turn Britain into a codified constitution would be very difficult and lengthy and that the end result would not be worth it. For Britain to become codified rules and law would need to be written down, this would be a problem because the UK operates under a large number of unwritten conventions (in particular the monarchy and prerogative powers) and therefore making it very hard to transfer these onto paper. Within Britain there are currently no safeguards which means that the government can be more powerful, this can be seen in both a positive and negative way. Someone against the codification would say that the power that government has is a positive thing because it means that it can deal with issues and problems without anything inhibiting it. ...read more.


They feel that many people at the moment are very confused by the 'British Constitution' that does not technically exist and it is very easy to see why; they say that by creating a real constitution, public awareness of politics will grow, as will support. Liberals and those in favour of a codified constitution would also believe that for Britain to keep up with other countries and not seem backward in a political sense, it should become codified. More pressure has now been added by Britain joining the European Community this is because not having a constitution makes political relations with the EU quite difficult, it is also frustrating for Britain and the European parties when attempting to create coherent relations with Europe. Therefore they believe that becoming a codified constitution will put the UK into line with most other modern democracies. It is unclear if there will ever be a definite answer from Parliament as to whether Britain will become more codified or stay the same, however with Conservative likely to take over in the next general election we can predict that it is extremely unlikely that they will be completely changing the constitution any time soon. ...read more.

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