Today, the majority of states have written constitutionsit is generally seen as a prerequisite for any new state. They arise due to political events, such as in 1793 consequent to the French Revolution. In a state with a written constitution, one document becomes the supreme authority in the state. The United Kingdom, however, is in a very unique positionit has no written constitution, this is due to the fact that the UK has never experienced a major political event. Instead, the UK constitution has developed historically in an inherently Monarchical system which pivots on, and is held together by, the power of the Monarch .
[...] A prominent constitutional convention is that on a vote of no confidence in the House of Commons, the government of the day must ask Her Majesty to dissolve Parliament So, does it matter that the UK does not have a written constitution?—the simple answer is no. The establishment of a system whereby Parliament would be subordinate to a document would be contrary to the whole system, and as a written constitution making Parliament supreme would be unintelligible, keep the status quo. [...]
[...] For example, In Proclamations' Case (1611) 12 Co Rep State Tr 723, it was held that the King could not create offences by proclamation. Demonstrated in Godden v Hales (1686) 2 Show State Tr 1166 (dispensing with laws) and recited in the Bill of Rights 1688 c Will and Mar Sess 2 4 Co. Inst For example, Parliament can alter the line of succession to the Throne: Act of Settlement 1700 (1700 c and 13 Will His Majesty's Declaration of Abdication Act 1936 (1936 c Edw 8 and 1 Geo grant independence to a colony: Cyprus Act 1960 (1960 c. [...]
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