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Justin O. Frosini
Is Brexit Ripping Up The Unwritten Constitution Of The United Kingdom?
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Trick or Treat? The BBC couldn’t resist the quip when news came through in the early hours of April 11 that the EU had granted the United Kingdom another extension up until the 31st October (i.e. Halloween…) thus avoiding the “hard thump” of a no deal Brexit. However, while there were certainly cheers from the Remain camp there were certainly also groans not only from the Leavers, but most of all from the many “agnostics” who cannot bear to hear the word Brexit anymore. Indeed for many in the British Isles Brexit is becoming a psychodrama. But something even worse is happening: Brexit is ripping up the unwritten constitution of the United Kingdom. Now in making this argument most scholars would begin with the very Brexit referendum itself. I am, however, not of this opinion. It is true that the former Conservative minister Francis Pym once asserted that the referendum was an “unknown beast in this country”, but he made that statement before the United Kingdom held three nationwide referendums (1975, 2011 and of course 2016).

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