Introduction. How Alike Are Great Britain And France’S

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Introduction How alike are Great Britain and France’s political systems to one another? The British system has had a lot of gradual steady changes throughout the years. While, the French political model has had more dramatic radical changes, until about 1958. In 1958 Charles de Gaulle changed the constitution and set the precedent for the modern semi-presidential system that we see today. In this paper, I will be comparing both systems to one another and point out their huge similarities. Great Britain The United Kingdom has a Westminster Model which is a democratic constitutional monarchy. The United Kingdom has a constitution that is unwritten that consists of having conventions along with statutory law and common law, which make up the…show more content…
A vote of no confidence can be called if any government-sponsored bill is defeated in the Commons. If the vote of no confidence is passed, the Prime Minister must either resign, or ask the monarch to dissolve parliament, and call a general election. Basically, since a government usually holds a majority in the Commons, and party ‘whips’ try to ensure that party members support the government, governments are likely to win all but the most controversial votes. However, if a government doesn’t have a large majority, then it can bring “backbench” members of parliament into line, and call three-line whips; votes that are compulsory for members of parliaments to attend. PARLIAMENT The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland is the supreme legislative institution in the United Kingdom and British Overseas Territories (it alone has parliamentary sovereignty). It consists of a head of state (currently Queen Elizabeth II), a bicameral system with an upper house; House of Lords and the lower house which is the House of Commons. It also includes an Upper House, called the House of Lords, and a Lower House, called the House of Commons. The House of Lords is an almost a fully appointed body. The House of Commons, on the other hand, is a democratically elected chamber. The House of Lords and the House of Commons meet in separate chambers in the Palace of Westminster (the Houses of Parliament), in central London. The
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