Major principles of the UK constitution

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could someone give me an idea of what a principle of the constituion would be.

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Hi,
could someone give me an idea of what a principle of the constituion would be.
Hi

I'll try to give a full structured answer for this.

A constitution is a set of principles, which may be written or unwritten that set out the distributioin of power within a political system, relationships between political insttitutions, the limits of government jurisdiction, the rights of citizens and the method of ammending the constitution itself.

The principles of the UK constitution could also be called sources. They are: parliamentary statutes, constitutiional conventions, historical principles and constitutional writings, common law, customs, and the influence of European Union treaties and statutes.

I've taken the above from McNaugton (2006) Success in AS Politics, p131-136

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Hi

I'll try to give a full structured answer for this.

A constitution is a set of principles, which may be written or unwritten that set out the distributioin of power within a political system, relationships between political insttitutions, the limits of government jurisdiction, the rights of citizens and the method of ammending the constitution itself.

The principles of the UK constitution could also be called sources. They are: parliamentary statutes, constitutiional conventions, historical principles and constitutional writings, common law, customs, and the influence of European Union treaties and statutes.

I've taken the above from McNaugton (2006) Success in AS Politics, p131-136

HTH

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WRONG WRONG WRONG the principles of the UK constitution are DIFFERENT to the sources. the principles are values held within the constitution like the rule of law, pariliamentary sovereignty, separation of powers. the sources are the things that Form the constitution- e.g. common law, statute law, international treaties, works of authority, convention, royal prerogative..
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the principles are values held within the constitution like the rule of law, pariliamentary sovereignty, separation of powers.
Yikes!!! :eek: I stand corrected. Well done for spotting that.

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Thanks very much,that is extremely helpfull.
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just to let you know

Sources came up last summer

Therefore anything to do with constitution is unlikely to come up again this year.

unless theres a section on constitutional reform
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if you are talking about OCR politics then you are completely wrong. if you aren't then you might not be wrong lol
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He's talking about EdExcel, where that B part question killed me.
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wouldn't you have to include the fact that it isn't codified well not totally and the use of conventions?
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Conventions are important simply because many in parliament don't realise they are conventions - they assume they are rules. Uncodified is the exact term for the UK constitution - just like that of the EU (at present - which is a major reason why the EU wants a codified one).
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Conventions are important simply because many in parliament don't realise they are conventions
rubbish.
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Really?

So the fact Lord Halifax wouldn't take the post of PM in 1940 because of the convention about PMs sitting in the Commons is 'rubbish'?

The 'Salisbury Convention' is often used by governments even though they don't use it title, they certainly seek its protection. ('It's in the manifesto).

Elections on a Thursday.

3 quick examples of how conventions aren't recognised as being established practise but people (including some MPs) believe they are laws.

BTW: 'I disagree' is a lot more debatelike than 'rubbish'. The former means I should respect our differences.
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can anyone tell me whats the major ideas of the uk source power
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