Essay about The British Constitution

1964 Words Dec 4th, 2016 8 Pages
Over the years many individuals have given various definitions as to what the British constitution is. However, it is quite simply documented as ‘uncodified’ which refers to the fact that the constitution is made up of many rules and regulations that have been derived from several sources however they are not on a single legal document which is the case with other countries such as the USA or Germany. As Hillarie Bennett once stated “A written constitution is one contained within a single document or a series of documents.” [ ] Large parts of the UK constitution are in fact written down, much of it in the laws passed in parliament, otherwise known as statute law.

There are many principles involved in the British constitution however one of the main and perhaps the most important of the principles surrounding it is parliamentary sovereignty which I will be discussing in this document. First of what is parliamentary sovereignty? The sovereignty of parliament – parliament and only parliament get to make laws and no one else. As dicey stated “The principle of Parliamentary sovereignty means neither more nor less than this, namely, that Parliament . . . has, under the English constitution, the right to make or unmake any law whatever; and, further, that no person or body is recognised by the law of England as having a right to override or set aside the legislation of Parliament.” [ ] Furthermore, there are three main pillars surrounding it; they have the ability to make,…

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