Magazine
Latest Issue

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…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to letters@prospect-magazine.co.uk

More From Prospect