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Examples
Type of Source Description of source
Parliamentary These are laws, passed by the UK Parliament, The Human Rights Act 1998 brought the European Convention on Human Rights into UK la
statuettes which have a constitutional effect. The Scotland Act 1998 transferred considerable power to a Scottish Parliament.
The Freedom…

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In favour of codification Against codification
Clarity. Citizens know how power is distributed and what the limits are to the power Flexibility. An uncodified constitution can be easily changed and so evolve and
of political institutions. adapt to changing circumstances.
Limiting government. A codified constitution is likely to prevent a…

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Devolution Considerable powers were transferred to a Scottish Parliament, Welsh Assembly and Northern Ireland Assembly. The process was known as
devolution.

Elected Mayors An elected mayor was introduced for Greater London. Referendums in other parts of the country resulted in 11 further examples of elected m
The Human Rights Act…

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Proposal Detail
Electoral reform A referendum was to be held in May 2011 on whether to introduce the alternative vote system for general elections. The referendum voted `No'

Fixed-term These were agreed in 2010. The gap between elections to the House of Commons was fixed at 5 years. This took…

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Key Changes Criticisms and failed reform
Government has been decentralised through devolution and the introduction of It can be argued that the United Kingdom has been weakened by devolution.
elected mayors. The Human Rights Act and greater judicial independence have created conflic
Rights are better protected through the Human Rights…

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Positive Elements Negative Elements
It is flexible. Because it is uncodified, it can evolve naturally and respond easily to It is too flexible and so can be amended by a temporary government that wish
changing circumstances. serve its own purposes.
It provides for strong, decisive government which is not constrained…

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