29 Oct 2019

Does Britain need a written constitution after Brexit?

Ever since Britain voted for Brexit in 2016, there’s been talk of a “constitutional crisis”. But what actually is the constitution?

Leaving the EU means untangling thousands of laws that the UK got from Europe. But politicians also have to be careful not to fall foul of our own ancient, murky constitution – which has evolved over hundreds of years.

Compared to the written US constitution, Britain’s rules are pretty confusing. In fact, there is no written constitution at all – it’s just a collection of traditions and legal rules.

So does Brexit show that it’s now time to write it all down, and sort everything out once and for all? Or is everything working exactly as it should?

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