The British Monarchists Society

Our Constitution

The British Constitution is an unwritten document, unlike the constitution in America or the European Constitution, and as such, is referred to as an uncodified constitution, in the sense that there is no one single document that can be referred to as the constitution of the United Kingdom. The British Constitution is very unique, and can be found in a variety of different documents, some dating as far back as the Magna Carta in 1215. Supporters of our constitution believe that the current way allows for flexibility and change to occur without too many problems. Those who want a written constitution believe that it should be codified so that the public as a whole has access to it in document form, as opposed to just constitutional experts who know how to interpret it, and where to look for it.

Amendments to Britain’s unwritten constitution are made by a simple majority of support for the change in both Houses of Parliament, which are then followed by the Royal Assent. The constitution as we know can be drawn from several various sources, but the most basic written instruments that can be found as a basis of our constitution are: the Magna Carta of 1215, the Act of Settlement of 1701, the laws and customs of Parliament, court judgements, as well as parliamentary constitutional conventions and royal prerogatives.