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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an unwritten constitution in the UK?

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an unwritten constitution in the UK? The UK has an unwritten constitution unlike the U.S.A. Instead Britain's laws, policies and codes are developed through statutes, common law, convention and more recently E.U law. It is misleading to call the British constitution unwritten; a more precise form of classification would be un-codified. This means that the British constitution has no single document, which states principles and rules of a state. However, The British constitution clearly sets out how political power is allocated and where it is legally located. The British constitution is still visible and it defines composition and powers of the main offices and institutions of the state. ...read more.


Changes to the British constitution reflect a changing balance of power. The constitution is important even though it is not written form because it formed the basis of the separation of power that we now have, for example between the Lords and the Commons. This also shows the flexibility of the constitution. An advantage of the UK constitution is that it takes into account of changing views. For example, in 1997 the changing of the hereditary peer system and also further reforms to change the structure of parliament. It is good that the British constitution will always takes into account these changes. However, there are disadvantages to an un-written constitution. A written constitution is considered the highest form of law and is respected because of this. ...read more.


set out individual freedoms and rights of British citizens, in a written constitution the public are clear about what their rights are and they can hold the government accountable if they appear undemocratic. However, an unwritten constitution is still more advantageous than a written one, mainly because a written one is too inflexible and rigid. Written constitutions of other countries have become out dated because it is not easy to change and amend. In conclusion, the British constitution seems to be old fashioned and much of it symbolic. However, an un- written constitution such as the UK's is positive as it provides fluidity and adaptability as laws and policies can be changed to reflect the opinions of a changing society. The British constitution can be seen as reflective and flexible. ?? ?? ?? ?? Amandeep Dhaliwal ...read more.

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