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There are occasional calls for a Constitutiional Convention in the USA and one legislative effort currently underway. My concern is, given the state of understanding of the role of The Bill of Rights, is that the most likely outcome of convening a Constitutional Convention in the USA today would be repeal of the Bill of Rights, aka the first ten amendments to the Constitution. Demographic changes may make more favorable outcomes possible within a decade. But that is a hope.

My fear is that just such a destructive dynamic might play out in the UK or England over the next few years. The need is real, but, IMO, an attempt to formalize the British Constitution could be counter-productive.

There may be scope for some fairly obvious changes. One might be a change in the First Past the Post system. Another might be a fix for the problems in the Fixed Term Parliament Act, specifying a comprehensive list of options in the event of loss of confidence by the government. A third could be a codification of the requirements for referenda, including judicial review prior to approval of submission of a referendum to the people. These changes, together, could provide the stability needed to produce a written constitution - an another ten years.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."

by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Sep 13th, 2019 at 06:19:31 PM EST

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