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Could you, please, check my translation!
I guess there are a lot of mistakes!
The United Kingdom is a country of parliamentary democracy with constitutional monarchy. Unlike most other comparable countries, Britain’s constitution isn’t set out in a single document. It represents the combination of common laws and conventions. The conventions are the rules and standards, which are produced and fixed by practice. They aren’t used by law compulsively, but they are very important for work of the government.
The country is beholden to monarchy for political stability. Steadiness of monarchy was broken once for more than 1000 years.
Today the Queen is not only head of state, but also a significant symbol of national unity.
The Queen is Head of executive; part and parcel of legislature, Head of the judiciary and Head of the Army. The queen and her family are continue taking part in many traditional ceremonies. Their trips in different parts of Great Britain and many other countries are drawing huge attention to people. Royals are closely involved in works of mercy.
Here's an example of a convention in the UK's governance - automatic Royal Assent. In theory, there is nothing to stop the monarch refusing to sign a bill into law, but by convention, the Royal Assent is now automatic, and I suspect many would be crying havoc and letting slip the dogs of war if it were ever withheld. A very cloaely related example can be found in the Whitlam/Kerr controversy in Australia, where the GG breached convention when he exercised powers granted by statute.
Last edited by stuartnz; 12-Jul-2008 at 00:18.
Statutory law might be a better term than constitutional law, mightn't it?