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    Governing Britain: Parliament, Ministers and Our Ambiguous Constitution

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    ISBN: 9781526145451
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    AuthorNorton, Philip
    Pub Date30/04/2020
    Publisher: Manchester University Press
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    A timely new book on how government operates - and the problems that can arise - by one of Britain's foremost constitutional experts. The book assesses the key principles and relationships at the heart of the constitution and how they are shaping and being shaped by the political turmoil of recent years. -- .

    Who governs Britain? Is Parliament sovereign? Who chooses the Prime Minister? And who enforces the rules?

    The United Kingdom is in the throes of political and constitutional conflict. Tensions between different Westminster and Holyrood, and between the UK and the European Union, are part of a wider picture of constitutional flux. The United Kingdom is one of only three nations that does not have the principal provisions of the organs of state, and how they relate to one another and to the citizen, embodied in a single document. Devolution and Brexit have given rise to calls for a codified constitution.

    But the debate has taken against a background of confusion and uncertainty as to existing constitutional arrangements. We must first understand what already exists and how our constitution works now.

    This deeply informed and elegantly written book addresses the problems that have arisen in the context of the greatest political crisis our country has faced in decades. -- .