This is the second part of a three-part series on the codification of the United Kingdom By Isabella Reynoso A constitution is essential for the organization of a state as it contains the fundamental principles and rules upon which a state exists Beatson,
Parliamentary sovereignty means judges cannot invalidate legislation. In the 19th century, A. Diceya highly influential constitutional scholar and lawyer, wrote of the twin pillars of the British constitution in his classic work Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution These pillars are the principle of Parliamentary sovereignty and the rule of law.
Parliamentary sovereignty means that Parliament is the supreme law-making body: There has been some academic and legal debate as to whether the Acts of Union place limits on parliamentary supremacy.
Historically, "No Act of Parliament can be unconstitutional, for the law of the land knows not the word or the idea. For example, Parliament has the power to determine the length of its term. By the Parliament Acts andthe maximum length of a term of parliament is five years but this may be extended with the consent of both Houses.
This power was most recently used during World War II to extend the lifetime of the parliament in annual increments up to Parliament also has the power to change the make-up of its constituent houses and the relation between them.
Examples include the House of Lords Act which changed the membership of the House of Lords, the Parliament Acts and which altered the relationship between the House of Commons and the House of Lords, and the Reform Act which made changes to the system used to elect members of the House of Commons.
The power extended to Parliament includes the power to determine the line of succession to the British throne. This power was used to pass His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Actwhich gave constitutional effect to the abdication of Edward VIII and removed any of his putative descendants from the succession; and most recently to pass the Succession to the Crown Actwhich changed the succession to the throne to absolute primogeniture not dependent on gender and also removed the disqualification of marrying a Roman Catholic.
Parliament also has the power to remove or regulate the executive powers of the Monarch. In recent times the House of Commons has consisted of more than members elected by the people from single-member constituencies under a first past the post system. Following the passage of the House of Lords Actthe House of Lords consists of 26 bishops of the Church of England Lords Spiritual92 representatives of the hereditary peers and several hundred life peers.
The power to nominate bishops of the Church of England and to create hereditary and life peers is exercised by the Monarch, on the advice of the prime minister. By the Parliament Acts and legislation may, in certain circumstances, be passed without the approval of the House of Lords.
Although all legislation must receive the approval of the Monarch Royal Assentno monarch has withheld such assent since Such a motion does not require passage by the Lords or Royal Assent.
The House of Lords has been described as a "revising chamber". By the Constitutional Reform Act it has the power to remove individual judges from office for misconduct.
Additionally, Dicey has observed that the constitution of Belgium as it stood at the time "comes very near to a written reproduction of the English constitution.
These principles include equal application of the law: Another is that no person is punishable in body or goods without a breach of the law: Unity and devolution[ edit ] Main articles: England, WalesScotland and Northern Ireland. Parliament contains no chamber comparable to the United States Senate which has equal representation from each state of the USAthe Brazilian Senate, which has three senators from each state, or the German Bundesrat whose membership is selected by the governments of the States of Germany.
Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have devolved legislatures and executives, while England does not. The authority of these devolved legislatures is dependent on Acts of Parliament and, although it is politically very unlikely, they can in principle be abolished at the will of the Parliament of the United Kingdom.
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The United Kingdom does not have a codified constitution, however a number of texts are considered to be constitutional, such that the "constitution of the United Kingdom" or "British constitution" may refer to a number of historical and momentous laws and principles that make up the country's body politic.
Should Britain Adopt a Written Constitution? Posted on January 14 have rekindled the debate on whether or not the UK should codify its constitution (McHarg, ).
This essay will firstly introduce some of the proposals that have been brought forward for a written constitution. McHarg, A. () Reforming the United Kingdom Constitution.
Issue Edmund Plowden and the Rule of Law (Longmore, Andrew) 5. This was a Reading by Master Andrew Longmore, Autumn Reader It is reprinted with the kind permission of the Masters of the Bench of the Honourable Society of the Middle Temple.