I’ve been following recent constitutional developments in the UK with popcorn but also from behind the sofa.
8000 miles away in the #FalklandIslands, we do have a written constitution, given to us by the UK ...
The #Falklands are on the third version of their Constitution since the events of 1982 and the current version came into force 10 years ago after a long process of consultation and negotiation. Last year, another constitutional review started ...
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In the meantime, there will be a referendum in the #Falklands next year (the third in 19 years on the same issue) on a proposal to amend the one bit of the #FalklandIslands Constitution that can be changed locally under current rules ...
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The constitutional review in the #Falklands is about working out here what *we* here want the #FalklandIslands constitution to be as the journey of #SelfDetermination continues into the 2020s towards 2033 and beyond ...
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And that is an important first step before the next phase begins of turning those “wants” into “can haves” as the relationship between the UK and its #OverseasTerritories (not just the #Falklands) continues to evolve ...
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For now, even a written constitution still leaves wiggle room for evolution until the next version and it also leaves room for uncertainty and fuzziness (eg how unimportant is too unimportant to require advice from Executive Council?) ...
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Even a written constitution still relies on conventions and elements of trust between actors ...
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And that brings me back round to the start of this thread: a written constitution solves some issues and creates new ones, but it’s a starting point not an end one!

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