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What are the advantages and disadvantages of an unwritten Constitution?

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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a unwritten Constitution? A constitution is a set of rules, which are generally written, it identifies the relationship between the different parts of the government, and also the relationship between the government and the citizens. In most countries the constitution is the ultimate source of legal power. Whether written or not written they will both share similarities, this being the identification of powers such as the executive, and the legislature. However it would be wrong to say that they are identical, apart from the most obvious difference under the surface this main difference has many effects, in particular the unwritten constitution. With particular reference to the unwritten constitution, at present there are only three countries with no formally written constitution, Britain, Israel and New Zealand. All of which share the advantages and disadvantages. The first advantage is that in relation to flexibility. ...read more.

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As quoted by William Hague 'that there was no need for a written constitution as we already have internal stability, and Britain has been well served by its unwritten constitution'. The power of the courts would also rise, should we have a written constitution. With a written constitution it would therefore mean that should there be any dispute over the current structure of the constitution, for example the relationship between the government and the citizens, would have to be resolved by the judiciary. The effect of this would be that judges would be able to make political decisions, and they would have the ability to create laws. All of which reduce the democratic identity of Britain. Also by having a written constitution it potentially could mean the introduction of a Supreme Court, who would interpret the Constitution. This itself could be an issue of problems, in particular the debate into whether the court itself should be elected, and therefore democratic, or otherwise, open. ...read more.

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This means that they things can be pushed through a lot easier, in effect the constitution can be bent. The disadvantage which stems of this therefore is that with an unwritten constitution the Prime Minister does not have to think as deeply through constitutional changes, as he would have should it be written. Therefore in conclusion of the constitution and the question as to whether or not it is more advantageous in having written constitution, through weighing the advantages and the disadvantages up, I believe that we should keep the unwritten constitution, the main reason, that we have survived for many years,, and highlighting this the fact that we have survived two world wars. There are many other benefits, each of which are in favour of the democratic element, it should not be a matter of arguing whether or not we should change, we should look at the present, and due to the fact that we are on a level of stability, it would difficult to introduce a constitutional change, due primarily to the volatility of its effects. ...read more.

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