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(p. 1) Part I Fundamental Principles of the Constitution 

(p. 1) Part I Fundamental Principles of the Constitution

Neil Parpworth

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date: 22 August 2019

This chapter begins with a discussion of the meaning of the term ‘constitution’. It distinguishes between written and unwritten constitutions, and outlines the special procedures for amending written constitutions. Constitutions are frequently classified according to their characteristics, and several of the more common classifications are explained in this chapter. The chapter also considers: the value of written constitutions; the unwritten nature of the UK constitution; whether the UK has a constitution; sources of the UK constitution; and the changing nature of the UK constitution. It concludes by addressing the question of whether the UK should have a written constitution.

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