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Are we a subset of Europe or is there something special about us?

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Can we really write a codified UK constitution whilst being a member of the European Union? Britain’s membership means that EU law overrides UK law when there is a conflict between the two. Given the intense debate about the EU and how it affects UK law, our rights and our borders, what does membership actually mean for UK sovereignty? We challenge you to write what the constitution should say about the UK's agreements with international organisations such as the European Union.


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Should the constitution say something about international relations?

What should happen if the UK were to pull out of EU? Would there need to be amendments to the constitution?

Do we need to write down mechanisms to ensure the deals made between the Prime Minister and other world leaders are more transparent? In particular the "special relationship" of the UK and the US?

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Suggested constitution clause: 'The [UK] will negotiate treaties with other nations in good faith and will honour all of it's obligations under treaties (whether entered into before or after the coming into force of this constitution).  The Prime Minister will report to Parliament on annual basis regarding the [UK]'s compliance with this provision .' Idea behind the draft clause: If the UK signs up to a treaty with other nations, it must honour its commitments under that treaty...

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The Constitution should take account of the state of the world (for example climate change, global poverty, our capacity for violence, the continuing lack of adequate world governance with no improvement in sight at present). Because of improving communications the world is 'getting smaller' and because of natural greed the world is living far beyond its natural resources. For reasons such as these there should be a general presumption in the rules on international relations in the...

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It is vital that the constitution acknowledges that Britain is committed to protecting the welfare of any and all human beings that are in need, whether they be in our own country, or elsewhere. The very idea that 'we' must look after only our own, above all others, is where it all started to go wrong in the first place. Charity does begin at home, but it shouldn't end there. A commitment to Humanitarian (or foreign) aid is key to ensuring this happens. Our constitution should also...

Rachel Allen
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Edit: Phase 2 final wording The Military i) The state shall be permitted to recruit, train and deploy military forces in accordance with the following principles. There shall be no private militias. ii) No person shall be compelled to join a military force. Persons under the age of 18 shall not be permitted to join a military force. iii) There shall be no deployment of military forces on British territory, except: in the interests of the defence of a territory against ongoing...

Daniel Gaunt
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Suggested constitution clause: 'The [UK] state shall not attempt to colonise or exploit any territory or sea of the world or unless permitted by treaty or agreement with a sovereign nation of the world who owns the territory in question.' We should enshrine limits to our use of the natural rresources of the world, including the oceans and seas of the world and the polar cap regions, effectively preventing the UK from attempting to colonise or exploit those regions.  And do the same in...

Ian Smith
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My idea which I thought would be useful to debate here is that : " nobody should be forced to pay tax for anything other than self-defence of the UK ."

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The Scottish government suggested that an independent Scotland would prohibit, in its constitution, the production, maintenance, or use of nuclear weapons. This idea needs to gain traction across the UK. It should not have taken a referendum on the break-up of the Union to make people question why we need to renew Trident, or why we need to be a part of NATO (the SNP wanted to remain part of NATO, other independence groups deplored this idea).  I think a lot of people in Britain want the...

Harry Blain
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Certain laws relating to defence, foreign relationships, fiscal management and fiscal accountability should remain established in some form within a writ ten constitutiIon.  This does in no way imply a withdrawal from the EU. Rather it should be at the heart of a potential constitution that individual members do have individually decided rights but also have responsibilities with regard to e.g. The European convention n Human Rights. That legislation, however defective on times, should be...

Gavin Russ
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A republican constitution should simply define the territorial extent of the geography of the sovereign state, it should not subordinate or even mention any treaties that may bind any current governments to other organisations.  For example, it should remain within the authority of any government to leave the EU, UN and any of its affiliated agencies, WTO, NATO or any bilateral treaties with other countries, or join any and remain treaty bound as such. It must remain a sovereign right to...

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  VERSION I: The text of the ECHR, including the protocols (amendments) to the Convention, could be directly incorporated into the constitution. This would mean that the Convention, in its entirety, would become part of UK domestic law.   VERSION 2: is the prefered version The rights protected under the European Convention on Human Rights and the protocols thereto are equally protected under this constitution.  The foregoing provision shall not prevent the state...

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