Britain 's Debate Over Britain

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Britain is one of only a few countries in the world without a codified constitution and has long been a topic of conversation within parliament itself and the media. There are many published articles which argue the need for Britain to adopt a written constitution, whilst others argue that Britain is best left with what many believe as a successful, partially codified constitution. This essay seeks to investigate as to whether Britain would benefit from a fully codified singular document, similar to those found in other countries or whether Britain is at an advantage by keeping it’s existing documents, some of which are in statute form and some not, to allow for flexibility in the future. Although Britain lacks a single codified…show more content…
Within Britain any law can be changed by the Governing party and this highlights the instability of our current, partially codified constitution which is not entrenched in law. It has long been debated as to whether Britain actually has an elected dictatorship as there is no ultimate document of overall authority which defines the powers between executive, legislature and judiciary(www.parliament.uk, 2014). Once a political party have been elected we as citizens have to trust that they will abide by their promises given in manifestos and continue to listen to the general public’s wants and needs. In 2014, Lord Neuberger, the president of the Supreme Court of the UK, caused controversy by declaring that there are powerful arguments for Britain to adopt a written constitution. Stating that although Britain has managed without one so far, contemporary society is such that one must surely be adopted to secure not only the citizens rights but those within parliament. Neuberger referred to our position within the European Union and claimed that adopting a written constitution would help the UK overturn rulings from the European Court of Human Rights, believing that such a constitution would have supremacy over decisions made within the Human Rights Court in Strasbourg (Owen 2014). Britain is the only country within Europe without a legally binding document on Human Rights and
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