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In Britain there is currently no written constitution instead we have a collection of laws that have built up over the years This means that although there no one single document which shows all of our rights etc we still to a large extent enjoy the same rights and privileges as most western democracies including the Americans There are people however who believe that Britain would benefit from drawing up its own written constitution and adopting many of the principles of American law eg freedom of information In the US their constitution decrees that there must be a division of powers This means that a member of the executive eg the President cannot simultaneously hold a position in the Legislature or Judiciary There is no division of powers in Britain which means that Tony Blair is a member of the executive Prime Minister and is also a member of the Legislature MP As in the case of Lord Irvine some people are members of all three branches of the government By having a division of powers people cannot be involved in all levels of government and therefore do not have as much influence over the political process For example Bill Clinton can authorise a Bill but this can still be rejected by the Senate or ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court In Britain Lord Irvine would be able to influence people and make decisions concerning a Bill in each branch of government this is clearly not very democratic- for one person to be able to have so much influence over a country By having a written constitution that included a division of powers Britain would become far more democratic as the influence that certain people have over the country would be greatly reduced As in the US the various branches of government would find themselves to be more accountable This would mean that the House of Lords would be accountable to the Commons
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