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(p. 39) 4. The Invisible Palace: II The Constitution 

(p. 39) 4. The Invisible Palace: II The Constitution
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(p. 39) 4. The Invisible Palace: II The Constitution
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Geoffrey Rivlin

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198735892.003.0004
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date: 25 April 2019

This chapter analyses the British Constitution and the three branches of government: the legislature, executive, and judiciary. The British Constitution has developed over 700 years, and is based upon statute and case law. It is unwritten and flexible, allowing changes by Act of Parliament to meet the changing needs of the nation. In the UK, power is divided between three main organisations which are independent from each other, but at the same time owe allegiance to the Crown. The Legislature consists of lawmakers, and UK's chief lawmaker is ‘the Queen in Parliament’. The Executive is the power that executes or enforces the law while the Judiciary interprets and applies the law.

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