• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Make out a case against the adoption of a codified constitution for the UK

Extracts from this document...


´╗┐Make out a case against the adoption of a codified constitution for the UK The UK constitution has been around for over 300 years, and is renowned around the world for its efficiency, however, in recent years, politics has taken a change, that most would say is for the better. These changes leave the UK?s constitution looking rather dated in comparison, and some critics say that it is time for a drastic change in our constitution, however is this drastic change really needed for a system that?s worked well for so long already? The UK constitution is uncodified, meaning that it is not written down in one continuous document. ...read more.


If the constitution was codified, then a general consensus across all parties would have to be made so that no matter who is in power, the constitution still applies, the way politics works in the UK however, this would probably never happen as each party is very different to the other, and a codified constitution would only limit the abilities of each government. There is a common belief that the UK constitution is organic, that it grows with the nation, and should be able to freely grow like this, for our country to be truly democratic, if the constitution was codified then it would be locked down, and not be able to work as effectively in the future. ...read more.


A codified constitution would mean that all disputes would have to be taken up with the judiciary, essentially giving all the power of the country to unaccountable judges. The final and maybe most important point as to why a codified constitution is unnecessary for the UK is that there is simply no demand for it, the country is doing fine on that front. The time and money that would be spent coming up with a new constitution is better spent on more important decisions that the country is in uproar about. To conclude, the biggest strength of the UK constitution is the fact that it is very flexible and easy to change, by making the constitution codified, you are more or less taking away the biggest strength of it right there. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level United Kingdom section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level United Kingdom essays

  1. Discuss the case for and against a Written Constitution for the UK.

    working proof that written constitutions are beneficial and successful, like the United States. Despite the large number of advantages for a written constitution to be incorporated into Britain, there are also many arguments against an entrenched document. The present constitution may contain many sources, but there is no denying that

  2. Discuss the indepedence of the UK Judiciary

    They also run a government department which can pass legislation on matters concerned with crime with relative ease. This can compromise the independence of judges if these legislations affect how judges can in practise judge. An example of this is the imposition of mandatory sentences.

  1. Should the UK have a codified constitution?

    It creates a sense of patriotism among Americans to refer to this document which their forefathers wrote by hand on the founding of the United States. It also makes the American people more politically aware of politics and their individual rights.

  2. What, If Anything, Would Be Achieved By The United Kingdom Adopting A Codified Constitution?

    Since common rules of constitutions arise from revolutionary periods and owing that the U.K has been absent from this (The 'Glorious Revolution', which, whilst instilling Parliamentary Sovereignty, isn't a sufficient event to signify the need for a codified constitution), the timing isn't correct for the U.K to adopt a codified constitution.

  1. How Democratic is the New Russian Constitution?

    This is significant in terms of democracy as it increases the powers of the courts in checking the actions of the executive and legislature in relation to constitutional principles. Some other important democratic aspects to do with the legal system are legal security and the right for private ownership of land and property as well as property rights.

  2. Make out a case against the adoption of a codified constitution for the UK

    If it had been a codified constitution it would have been a very long process. As society changes, changes will need to be made which proves that the UK constitution is strong in this sense but this may create instability with the constitution.

  1. Essay plan - The UK should not have a codified constitution

    bench" by interpreting laws according to their political views and striking down legislation they oppose. For instance, the constitutionally-empowered judiciary of the United States often even goes so far as to dictate the details of social policy. A constitution would not get rid of unappealable power, but rather transfer that power to a body far less accountable than Parliament.

  2. Discuss the case for and against a written constitution for the UK

    Singapore adopts a written constitution and a gay couple challenged the constitutionality of the Penal Code, which criminalized sexual relations between homosexual couples. The Penal Code being drafted in 1965 was inconsistent with the views of modern society and this can be seen as a problem with written constitutions.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work