Constitutional Problems in Britain

In Britain political alignments and friendships are changing and a possible constitutional crisis exists as a result of two factors: the suspension of the UK Parliament for five weeks from the second week of September until October 14, 2019; and the acute differences over Brexit, exit from the European Union. Unlike the U.S. and most countries in the world, the UK does not have a written constitution delineating the basic rules by which the political system operates. At the heart of the British political system are what are called “conventions of the constitution,” rules that are observed though not written in any document having legal authority. Violation of a convention is not only subjected to criticism but has often been regarded as “unconstitutional” behavior.  Among these conventions are three that are particularly pertinent today. One is that existing government not deprive the opposition party in the House of Commons of time and opportunity...(Read Full Article)
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