The First Year Of The Magna

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Being the 800th anniversary year of the Magna Carta the debate of whether or not it is time for the UK to adopt a written constitution has resurfaced, paving way for contrasting arguments relating to the need for modernisation in the 21st century, against the need to retain tradition. It must be mentioned that for the purposes of this discussion the term ‘unwritten’ is in the context that the UK constitution is not recorded onto a single codified document. While not presented onto a single document the constitution is ’written’, and as appropriately stated by Lord Scarman ‘today our constitution is not “unwritten” but hard and difficult to find’. Currently, the UK constitution is composed of numerous rules and legal principles that have evolved over a long period of time. These can be found either in various acts of parliament made by the regime in power at the time to tackle particular issues, or in cases which the court believed to be dealing with matters of constitutional importance1

Perhaps a more appropriate approach to the discussion would be through an assessment of why certain counties such as the USA do have a written constitution, and the UK does not.
The current UK constitution is a body of rules formed on historical, social and political developments over the last several hundred years
The current UK constitution can be described as a body of rules, conventions and practises which describe, regulate or qualify the organisation, powers and operation of…

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