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What does Boris Johnson’s victory mean for the constitution?

A reduction of checks and balances; dilution of human rights and judicial review; and the potential demise of the Union. Can our constitutional settlement be rescued from this sinister Conservative administration?

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

Photo: Isabel Infantes/EMPICS Entertainment

Before the election, most UK party manifestos set out ideas for constitutional reform, most specifying the need for a codified constitution written down in one place, with some sort of constitutional convention to determine this. However, although Britain is one of very few states lacking a codified constitution, the Conservative manifesto made no such commitment, indeed it lauded the flexibility of Britain’s uncodified constitution as “its ability to evolve.” Yet the absence of a commitment to comprehensive constitutional reform does not mean the Conservative…

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