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Committee consultation on 'A new Magna Carta?'

Inquiry status: concluded

At present the UK has no codified constitution, no single document which sets out the principles by which we are governed.

Your views

The committee wanted to hear from everyone about whether the UK should have some form of written constitution setting out these rules, and what any written constitution should look like.

The committee has now published an accessible summary constitution, with options for reform.

This is a further chance for you to give your views on the fundamental basis for our system of government.

Read below about the initial options we proposed for codifying the constitution:

Competition

The competition to draft a preamble for a written constitution has now closed. Details of the outcome of the competition have been posted on the Committee website:

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