The Sources of the constitution and Constitutional reform


The Sources of the UK Constitution 

  • Parliamentry Statutes is one source, Human Rights Act 1998 or Scotland Act 2016 which gave devolved powers 
  • Constitutional Conventions another source, an unwritten rule which binds government, Salsibury convention that House of Lords cannot block any legislation that appears in government manifesto 
  • Historical Principles, rules established over a long period of time, Sovreignty of Parliament is a good example of this, attributed to consitutional theorists mainly. Rule of law also one, enshrines equality and political rights
  • Common Law another source, common practice of judges/ citizens, right to free movement and public demonstrations are part of common law
  • Customs and Traditions another source, rituals of queen/ parliament, Queens speech a clear example of one


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