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STOP PRESS: On 23 June 2016, the UK held a referendum on its membership of the EU, with a majority voting in favour of the UK leaving the EU. The full impact of Brexit remains to be established but the UK will remain an EU Member State, fully subject to EU law, until the moment that it leaves. We are reviewing our content on the basis of information available and will keep it under regular review throughout the withdrawal period. In the meantime, for background reading, links to related guidance and policy documents, plus the latest analysis on the potential impact on our content, please refer to our Brexit overview, see: Brexit—overview.
The British constitution is unwritten in the sense that it does not derive from a single constitutional text. It has a variety of written and unwritten sources. In addition to the main written sources of law in England and Wales, legislation (which has also brought EU and human rights law principles into our constitution) and case law, constitutional law is derived from two additional unwritten sources: the prerogative, and constitutional conventions. In addition, according to one view the fundamental or predominant principle of our constitution, Parliamentary sovereignty, has its source in political fact rather than in law.
Historically, the law has recognised
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