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The six silliest things about the British constitution

As Brexit reminds us, there are some very strange wrinkles in the way we are governed

By Tom Clark  

The Crown

The line of monarchs traces back to jostling Saxon kingdoms, before England was a thing, and a crowned head has sat at the constitution’s apex since, except when it was briefly knocked off its perch in the 17th century. Royal Assent for new laws has not been refused since 1708. By contrast, royal prerogatives to, for example, prorogue parliament and declare war retain bite. Though mostly discharged by ministers in the…

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