Should the UK constitution be codified?

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Yes because it would provide clarity. Citizens and judges will know how power is distributed and what the limits are to the power of political institutions.
The Royal Prerogative is hard to express.
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Yes because it would give better protection of human rights.
The proposal of removing passports breaches the human rights act.
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Yes because it would limit the government from becoming overly powerful.
The current tension between ECHR and Parliament over prisoner voting would be resolved.
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Yes because it would be an authoritative reference point for the courts, allowing for neutral interpretation.
Courts can only make ‘declarations of incompatibility’ with the Human Rights law; it is up to parliament to amend them.
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Yes because it would modernise the constitution.
The UK is one of only 3 liberal democracies without a codified constitution; the others are Israel and New Zealand.
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No because there is flexibility to adapt to changing circumstances.
When 9/11 happened it was easy to pass terror laws because there is no constraint on the government.
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No because it has stood the test of time.
There hasn’t been a civil war since the 16th century.
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No because there is no agreed process for establishing codification and there is a risk of political bias in doing so.
Liberal Democrats have long been in favour but Conservatives are against codification.
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No because unelected judges would have too much political power leading to judicial tyranny.
Judges would be unelected and therefore unaccountable.
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No because there is already sufficient protection of rights and balance on power.
Human Rights Act, Freedom of Information Act, Supreme Court.
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Yes because it would give better protection of human rights.

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The proposal of removing passports breaches the human rights act.

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Yes because it would limit the government from becoming overly powerful.

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Yes because it would be an authoritative reference point for the courts, allowing for neutral interpretation.

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Yes because it would modernise the constitution.

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