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By Andrew Blick

The 800th anniversary of Magna Carta falls in June 2015. during this paintings Dr Blick argues that this occasion could be the celebration for a reassessment of the previous, current and way forward for the united kingdom structure. He attracts on his event as learn fellow to the 1st ever parliamentary inquiry into the potential of a written structure for the united kingdom. Dr Blick considers a chain of English and united kingdom ancient texts from Anglo-Saxon occasions onwards, between which Magna Carta is the main well known, which sought to set out preparations for the governance of britain and later the united kingdom as a complete. He argues that they contain a robust culture of written constitutional files, and stresses the significance of the ecu size to their advent and content material. the writer then considers the current nature of the united kingdom structure, describing the interval of significant flux during which it has handed in contemporary a long time, and the results of this section of switch. Dr Blick identifies a necessity for a whole written structure for the united kingdom because the subsequent applicable step. ultimately, he discusses the democratic methods compatible to devising this kind of textual content, and what its contents may possibly be.

'With this publication Andrew Blick has made an incredible contribution to our realizing of ways our process of presidency has labored long ago, the way it is operating – or no longer operating – now, and what it can be sooner or later. Combing the centuries, he demanding situations many misconceptions and makes a robust case for a written structure. This quantity is basically necessary to an individual who desires to delight in the true which means of Magna Carta and why we must always have a good time it.'
Graham Allen MP, Chair, condominium of Commons Political and Constitutional Reform Committee

'Beyond Magna Carta brings jointly the software of a highway map with the fascination of a altering cartography of political notion – all a part of the constitutional improvement of those islands from the nice constitution of 1215 to the complicated aftermath of the Scottish Referendum of 2014. it's a incredible paintings of clarification capped through fascinating feedback of destiny possibilities.'
Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, FBA, Attlee Professor of latest British historical past, Queen Mary, collage of London.

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