“A written constitution, rather than gradual reform, is now essential for the UK to claim to be a modern democracy.”

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“A written constitution, rather than gradual reform, is now essential for the UK to claim to be a modern democracy.” This essay will look at how a written constitution, according to some, would make Britain a modern democracy and it is therefore essential that the meaning of this phrase is fully understood before it can be explored in sufficient depth. A written constitution would outline the structures and powers of government in broad terms and the relationship between the different parts of government and citizens. Gradual reform, on the other hand, has no written record of the powers of government or a clear relationship between government and citizens; however, these are determined by laws…show more content…
The key issues that are arguments against the written constitution are the it is unnecessary because gradual reform still works well, it is undesirable because power would be transferred to an unelected body of judges and that it would be unachievable due to the fact that there would be disagreement regarding who would write it and the content of the document. The need to define where power lies is a key point in the argument for the written constitution and, according to the Liberal Democrats, it is a fundamental requirement of a ‘modern democracy’. Due to the increasing proposals for regional assemblies, some believe that it must be made clear what powers local councils and authorities have, and the extent to which the government can affect their decisions. The role of the central government will be questioned and it is therefore, according to those who are pro constitution, essential to empirically define it, so that the regional assemblies are clear as to what their role is. The Scottish Parliament and the Welsh Assembly are the two main groups that are calling for clearer distinction of roles and powers to be made. A major

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