Is Statute Law the Most Important Source of the British Constitution?

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Is statute law the most important source of the constitution? A constitution is a system which describes the structures and powers of government, the relationship between the different parts of government and the relationship between government and the people. In Britain the gradual development of the constitution has taken place over centuries leading to a gradual evolution of the constitution that remains to this day. This gradual evolution means that the British constitution is uncodified, complex and derived from sources of varying status. It is recognised that there are six sources of the British constitution and that statute law is the most important of these. Statute Law is an Act of Parliament. It is created by the legislative process of Great Britain and then implemented by the executive and enforced by the judiciary. Therefore because statute law is created by parliament, and the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is the basis of our constitution, statute law is the most important source of rules and guidelines of our constitution. According to the principle of parliamentary sovereignty, Parliament is the only body that can make law for the UK. No other body can overrule or change the laws which Parliament has made. The principle of parliamentary sovereignty however cannot be found in statute law, it is part of another source of the constitution, common law. The reason it is not part of statute law is that Parliament can pass, change, or repeal any law it likes and is not bound by laws of previous Parliaments. Therefore if parliamentary sovereignty was an Act of Parliament it would be possible for Parliament to repeal it and destroy the principle. However just because the principle of parliamentary sovereignty is embodied in common law does not make this a more important source of the British constitution than statute law. This is because common
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