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The United Kingdom: Introductory Note

Rainer Grote
Edited By: Max Planck Institute

© 2017 Oxford University Press

From: Oxford Constitutions (http://oxcon.ouplaw.com). (c) Oxford University Press, 2015. All Rights Reserved.date: 20 January 2019

Unlike most countries, the United Kingdom does not have a constitution in the sense of a single coherent code of fundamental law which prevails over all other sources of law. Constitutional arrangements have developed over time in a pragmatic as much as in a principled way, through a combination of statutes, events, conventions, academic writings and judicial decisions, turning the UK constitution, in the words of A.V. Dicey, into “the most flexible polity in existence.” 1 One reason for this is that British constitutional history has been marked by a continuity...
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