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I believe that the constitution should be pretty basic, setting out principles and parameters but not going into intricate detail. It should then be fairly resistant to change. However, it is inevitable that amendments will be required over time, if only to update the language as the meaning of words evolves. I suggest that a simple majority of MPs (of all MPs, not just those who take part in the division) should be able to propose a constitutional amendment; but that the threshold for...

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Moderator: This idea has overlaps with https://constitutionuk.com/category/view#/post/81201 and so has been closed I suggest that we think in terms of broad principles which could attract something close to universal support. A constitution has to be acceptable to all, meaningful yet flexible enough to accommodate a very wide range of philosophies and political standpoints. Principles such as good governance, representation of the people, and the right to fair trial are hardly unique to...

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I believe the only sensible solution to the political quandary over devolution and 'English votes for English laws' is to make the UK a federation. A written constitution would determine what was the sole prerogative of the UK parliament (at least foreign policy and defence), all other matters falling to the English, Scottish, Welsh and Northern Irish assemblies. I would like to see an English assembly and administration based somewhere other than London, preferably in the north. The House...

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I believe local government would be much better, and more likely to engage the local population, if it operated at the lowest practicable level - unitary authorities no larger than existing districts, and possibly nearer town or parish level depending on the local geography and demographics. These bodies should have full competence within their areas so that councillors had real say and were not merely agents of central government. However, I also think that certain major functions - social...

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Charles Williams

Colchester, United Kingdom

Joined this community on Feb 17, 2015

Bio Former civil servant and Chartered Chemist, currently volunteering in a rural training partnership.

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50-59

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Highest level of Education
Postgraduate degree

Should the UK have a written codified constitution?
Yes

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