Brexit and the Melting of the British Constitution by Andrew Blick and Peter Hennessy

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The authors argue that the British constitution seems to be in a more molten condition now than at any other point in anyone’s lived lifetime. The experience of Brexit has raised or reopened a host of questions. The British constitution is high on the list. It has in many ways gone live again. As a contribution to the debate, which is always difficult on constitutional affairs because of the uncodified nature of the constitution, the authors offer their shared thoughts regarding the issues that Brexit has, is and could be about to touch.


Peter Hennessy, FBA, is Attlee Professor of Contemporary British History, Queen Mary, University of London.

Andrew Blick, Director of the Centre for British Politics and Government, King’s College London, is Senior Adviser to The Constitution Society.

This publication presents the personal views of the author and not those of The Constitution Society, which publishes it as a contribution to debate on this important subject.