It's time for a written constitution

What is a ‘constitution’ and what is the UK’s constitution?

Sam Coates, our campaigns officer explains why we're campaigning for a written constitution and how we plan to do it.

A constitution is a set of basic rules that set out how a country is governed. Every country has some form of constitution, which will often be written down in a single document, as is the case in the USA.

However, the UK’s constitution differs from most others in the world. It is still a set of basic rules but only some of them are written down and even then they are found in a number of different documents. Many of the rules are unwritten and exist only as understandings between different parts of government.

Right now, the process of leaving the EU is the biggest constitutional change in living memory. We've just released our new report - a Democratic Brexit, to outline how our departure can be handled in the most democratic way possible, and why it should be the starting process for a new, written constituion.

Watch our conversation with former MP Graham Allen on why we need a written constitution: