Abstract: As one of the few countries in the world with uncodifi ed constitutional arrangements, the United Kingdom does not have strict separation of legislative, executive and judicial powers. There are signifi cant overlaps between the three organs of state and, as the British constitution has evolved over centuries, the distribution of powers has undergone a carefully managed incremental change. Recent years have, however, seen stronger pressures for a sharper delineation of powers, and these have led to a transformation of the constitutional landscape on an unprecedented scale. Using three examples from the recent past, this article explains the nature, scale and impact of these reforms and argues that the pace of change is likely to accelerate in the near future as demands for a written constitution become more vociferous.
Keywords: United Kingdom; separation of powers; Brexit; Lord Chancellor; House of Lords; Supreme Court
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