It has been said many times that the unwritten British constitution has served the state well. This is usually a statement from the political classes who appear to be the main beneficiaries of having no specific set of rules to abide by.
Britain is currently governed by the supremacy of parliament. This means that whatever laws it chooses to enact become the governing laws of the state, no matter how good or bad they are. The unwritten constitution of the British state is formed from written documents, within statutes, court judgements, and treaties. The constitution has other unwritten sources, including parliamentary constitutional conventions and royal prerogatives, in effect, a hotchpotch of rules and regulations which makes it almost impossible to understand what the set of rules are.
Most clubs, societies and organisations have some sort of constitution which lays out how an organisation is to be administered. Included are the powers of the executive committee and the responsibilities of its officers. The same applies to most democratic states in the world, except British politicians aren’t subject to this basic set of rules. This can and does lead to an abuse of power if no regulations are in place to regulate the political classes.
Britain’s EU membership is a classic example of this abuse of power.
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