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What options face the Commission on what to recommend about conventions, and which course of action would be preferable?

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Public Law I Essay A A (hypothetical) Constitutional Commission is considering how (if at all) constitutional conventions might be incorporated into the draft of a new constitution of the United Kingdom. What options face the Commission on what to recommend about conventions, and which course of action would be preferable? In order to accurately assess the incorporation of Constitutional conventions into the draft of a new Constitution of the United Kingdom, one must firstly look at the definition and nature of constitutional conventions. A succinct definition is that a convention is a constitutional practice or way of behaving which is considered to be binding on those to whom it applies. ...read more.

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This convention has been apparent since the late 19th century. A more unusual way for a convention to arise is through specific agreement. A lucid illustration of convention arising through this fashion is that of the Northern Ireland Act of 1949 where the British government agreed by convention that there would be no exclusion of Northern Ireland from the United Kingdom unless the majority of people in Northern Ireland wished for this to happen. From the above description of constitutional conventions, it can thus be asserted that conventions are ambiguous in both their definition and nature and their incorporation into the draft of a new Constitution would therefore have advantages and disadvantages. ...read more.

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This incident was damaging to the status of the role of Governor-General and the commission could perhaps question the damaging effect it would have on the Monarch in the United Kingdom should such an incident happen here. The Australian crisis also illustrates how easily unwritten conventions can be overridden in and lays grounding for the idea that if a set of conditions on which the Governor-General (or Monarch) could act in order to resolve political conflict then potentially such a crisis could be averted. However, some have labelled the possible codification of conventions as a "housekeeping exercise" 2 and an unnecessary measure which benefits would not be worth it. 1 Bradley and Ewing Chapter 2B 2 Philip Allan, http://www.philipallan.co.uk ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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