Uncodified vs Codified Constitution (AS level , AQA) Watch

Abby Thomas
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If an essay question sounds something like 'Do you agree that the UK should adopt a codified Constitution?' then should it be a balanced argument between the advantages/disadvantages of an uncodified Constitution and the advantages/disadvantages of a codified constitution. I worry that it might be irrelevant to talk too much about a codified constitution since we only study British politics at AS level.

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If an essay question sounds something like 'Do you agree that the UK should adopt a codified Constitution?' then should it be a balanced argument between the advantages/disadvantages of an uncodified Constitution and the advantages/disadvantages of a codified constitution. I worry that it might be irrelevant to talk too much about a codified constitution since we only study British politics at AS level.

Any help would be appreciated. thanks
My teacher says that, unless you have a very strong argument against it, you should aim to agree with the question (although to what extent depends on you). For this question, I would make many 2-3 paragraphs explaining the benefits of the UK adopting a codified constitution and then a paragraph at the end saying a benefit it keeping it as it is. You could counter-argue your points at the end of each paragraph though. My structure for that question would be something like:

1. entrenched rights (e.g. US Bill of Rights vs potential repeal of the HRA)
2. supreme law (often difficult to amend and holds higher power than statute)
3. the UK has many sources which can lead to contradictions and confusion (e.g. Brexit happened because the country didn't like the EU being a constitutional source)
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4. US is very hard to amend (2/3 of both houses of Congress plus 3/4 of states BUT it doesn't have to be rigid just because it's codified)
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