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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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Respecting other nations and peoples requires respect for their independence and sovereignty. This means limiting the occasions when our laws are applicable to activities outside the UK.  The converse is also true, that our constitution should outlaw the enforcement of certain foreign laws. I suggest the following clause for the constitution : 'Except and to the extent set out further below: '- Parliament is not permitted to enact laws purporting to have effect outside the...

Ian Smith
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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...

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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 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...

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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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There is no problem withe allowing international bodies or courts to make decisions which are then implemented in the UK as long as our constitution permits the curtailment of that -the ultimate right to recall sovereignty

Ian Smith
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Here is my suggested preamble clause for the constitution: 'It is in the interests of the UK that Europe and its nations are stable and secure' As I said before the reasoning behind this is: The constitution must recognise, at least in its preambles, that a stable and secure Europe is very much in our interests if not essential to our interests.   Imagine: - wars between countries close to our borders - a ban or high tariffs on import of British goods to the continent The...

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The Bank of England (BOE) only controls 3% of the UK money supply solely cash notes and coins, the rest is created by banks in the form of elecronic money and loaned at interest to the government.  The banks create this money out of thin air.   A law written in the 1700´s gave the BOE the monopoly on money.  This law could be updated to cover electronic money and take the power away from the banks. THe scale of the interest payments is phenomenal and is running at just under £2bn per...

Darren Wright
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Here is my suggested clause for the constitution: 'It is the duty of the UK, through its government and other agencies, to ensure that: - It conducts its affairs with other states and their peoples ethically;  - It will negotiate with but not lend political, military or economic support to regimes which do not respect fundamental human rights of the kind recognised and promulgated by the United Nations.'   (This is not an anti-foreign aid idea as it would not prevent the...

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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...

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