Britain’s New Constitution

Anthony King

in The British Constitution

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780199576982
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191702235 | DOI:
Britain’s New Constitution

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This chapter describes the new British constitution as a mess. In this context, the word mess is meant to be understood descriptively, to denote an actually existing state of affairs and not to condemn it or cast aspersions against it. A year after the election of the New Labour government in 1997, Lord Irvine of Lairg insisted that the changes in the constitution that the government had set in motion amounted to nothing less than a coherent and integrated programme of reform.

Keywords: Britain; new constitution; mess; election; New Labour government; Lord Irvine of Lairg; constitutional change; reform

Chapter.  9722 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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