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Should Britain have a codified constitution?
It would clarify the nature of the political system The uncodified constitution is flexible and can
to citizens, especially after changes such as easily adapt to changing consequences such as
devolution and House of Lords reforms referendum use and the changing role of the
House of Lords. If codified, constitutional
changes would be difficult and time-consuming.
It can also respond quickly to a changing political
Britain would have a two-tier legal system and Conservatives argue that it is simply not
so constitutional laws would be more clearly necessary. The UK has enjoyed a stable political
identified. system without a constitution.
The process of judicial review would be more As the UK operates under a large number of
precise and transparent. unwritten conventions, especially in relation to
the monarchy and prerogative powers, it would
be very difficult to transfer them into written
Liberals argue that it would have the effect of The lack of constitutional constraints allows
better safeguarding citizens' rights. executive government to be strong and
The UK needs to clarify its relationship with the
It might prevent the further drift towards
excessive executive power.
It would bring the UK into line with most other