Isn't codification/uncodification a dichotomy? I don't think you can argue that it is 'increasingly' codified because it either is or isn't. If it was codified it would be written in a single document, if not, it wouldn't. 'Increasingly codified' brings up odd imagery of an ancient civil servant very, very slowly writing up a codified UK constitution on some parchment
say that the reliance on convention is less.
Since 1998, there has been the Scotland and Wales Acts, as well as the Human Rights Act.
For the essay talk about what exactly a codified constitution is made of. What degrees of difference there can be, talk about the US, who has it in less than 7000 word booklets and such.
Say how conventions that were not codified in recent times are becoming more likely to be codified as we enter a new age and the limits are tested. However also talk about how simply it is impossible to completely codify, there is so much to it we wouldn't even fill a room if we tried to codify it. It's an impossible task, so no, nobody has set baout it.
Talk about how it isn't as we still have ministers and votes of no confidence etc. Anymore questions feel free to ask hope that helps.
The UK has a constitution?
Nope, single act from Parliament can pretty much reverse anything.
First you have to define what is the constitution i.e the set of rule in which how a country is govern blahblabla...
then identify different types of it; codified and unmodified and the British constitution fall under the latter. To elongate your essay and perhaps to show the examiner that you really know your stuff, explain what codified means i.e rules in a single authoritative document, as simple as that.
From then develop how the UK is unmodified/ not fully written in which parts of it can be found from statute laws, conventions, common laws etc. Don't mention too much but rather name a few BUT explain and GIVE EXAMPLES. E.g statute law is acts of parliament passed such as the HRA 1998 while conventions is..... e.g Salisbury Addison Convention.
Then ADDRESS the question: increasingly codified. I guess its not that the British Constitution is fully written is a single document but MORE is written down. Be careful not to drift away from the main question but with the good start from above, the flow will be much more reasonable and natural.
Mention how there is increasingly more written statutes law that have constitutional impacts(NOTE that not all statute law has significant impact such as ban of smoking in closed public spaces) The significant examples of statutes law with great constitutional impacts are such as HRA 1998, Data Protection Act 1998, Freedom of Information 2000 (try to expand more on this with some background info: when royal assent granted, enforced? what for?). Great answers will also include devolution to Scotland, Wales and N.Ireland in 1997/8 that contribute to how it is more codified in the light that it is more rigid and hard to change because it is derived via referendums, defying this means the Gov't is against the wish of the people.
Then you could mention how convention is increasingly written down with Ministerial codes from 1992 that revolves around the collective responsibility of the cabinet.
One more great point is the Coalition Agreement for stability and reform between Tory and Lib Dems signed in 2010 which you can say that the constitution (the ways how the country is govern) is becoming more codified.
Conclusion: re word everything and summarise depending if you r against or for but don't simply re write. I know this is not perfect as it is one sided but hopefully its good enough
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