Reforms such as the Human Rights Act and devolution have led to the replacement of one constitutional order by another. This book is the first to describe and analyse Britains new constitution, asking why it was that the old system, seemingly hallowed by time, came under challenge, and why it is being replaced. The last decade has seen radical changes in the way we are governed. They in practice limit the rights of Westminster as a sovereign parliament, and establish a constitution which is quasi-federal in nature. But the main weakness of the new constitution is that it does little to secure more popular involvement in... The Human Rights Act and the devolution legislation have the character of fundamental law. The aim of constitutional reformers has been to improve the quality of government. The new constitution, by contrast, emphasises the separation of powers, both territorially and at the centre of government. The old constitution emphasised the sovereignty of Parliament.