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Constituting the UK

James Mitchell

in Devolution in the UK

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780719053580
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781702130 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719053580.003.0001
Constituting the UK

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United Kingdom constitutional development has never been uniform. The unions which contributed towards the establishment of the United Kingdom differed markedly. The most significant was that which created England. It was most significant for three reasons: first, it was the founding union; secondly, a unitary state was created and thirdly, England would become the largest component of the United Kingdom. This resulted in a widespread assumption that the United Kingdom was and is a unitary state, one and indivisible despite other quite different unions which contributed towards its creation. At its heart lay the notion that Parliament at Westminster was sovereign. Two different types of pressure have affected the territorial distribution. The first has its origins in how the state was formed. The second pressure came about as a result of social and economic forces which resulted in changes in state intervention.

Keywords: United Kingdom; constitutional development; England; unitary state; state intervention; Parliament; Westminster

Chapter.  6839 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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