Founded in 2009, the Constitution Society is an independent, non-aligned educational trust.
The Constitution Society promotes public understanding of the British Constitution and works to encourage informed debate between legislators, academics and the public about proposals for constitutional change. It does not take any position on the merits of specific reform proposals, and it neither supports nor opposes the introduction of a written constitution.
Although neutral about substantive constitutional issues, the Constitution Society strongly supports due process and good government. It believes that constitutional changes should only be introduced to address genuine deficiencies, and only after careful analysis and broad consultation. Legislation should be properly prepared and clearly drafted, and Parliament given adequate time for scrutiny and debate. New laws which affect the structure of our constitution should be designed to meet the requirements of future decades, not the political interests of the government of the day.
The Society believes that the current situation in the UK, where there is no agreed mechanism for constitutional change and no effective distinction between constitutional and ordinary legislation, is untenable. It commends the Lords Constitution Committee’s recommendation in July 2011 that there should be a “clear and consistent process” applied to all cases of “significant constitutional change” and work to further this aim.