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CHRISTIAN Vassie writes a good letter (September 19). He knows what’s best for us: a written constitution.
But this exists: it’s just not all in one dumbed-down document headed Constitution, so less likely to fall over if one significant pillar is removed.
Scotland holds a referendum next year to determine if it wants independence.
A positive vote effectively boots the 1707 Act of Union into touch, but with little knock-on constitutional consequence for us.
An “aye” vote means that Scotland must resolve its currency requirements, establish that it meets the Maastricht criteria for EU membership… and decide whether to adopt an entirely virginal constitution, or merely pickover legislation passed at Westminster these past 300 years, then adopting it, either en bloc, or piecemeal.
Apart from changing our Union Flag to lose Scotland’s saltire, we need do little constitutionally. The focus needs to be more pragmatic: apportioning the current UK’s national debt and who gets and pays for what of the Armed Forces.
Christian and Muslim communities differ from no other religious or ethnic minorities.
They must recognise and respect the law or be prepared to pay the consequences; ignorance is no defence.
Parliament can pass additional legislation when required.
Nick Blitz, South Lane, Haxby, York.
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