The Differences between the United States and British Consti

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There exist many major differences of the U.S. and British constitutions. The United States Constitution and the British Constitution contain dissimilarities for the reasons that are due to their originations, background, context, and intent. These differences are apparent in the society and political setting in which both countries respectively have. The constitutions do contain a few simple principles in common. Among these similarities is the need for a government to respect the individual rights of its citizens. The differences are evident in many of the works that influenced the constitutions before its creation. The Magna Carta is a document that served as a milestone in the British Constitution. King John of England forcefully signed the Magna Carta in 1215. His barons were angered about how he was ruling the people, so they forced him to sign the charter. The Virginia State Constitution of 1776 was the first state Declaration of Rights ratified by its citizens, unlike the Magna Carta. It had a large effect on the creation of the United States Constitution. In the Magna Carta, the gov Continue...


In that instance, the "judgment of peers did not mean trial by jury. The Declaration of Rights also made the Parliament the power fullest body in the government. It was added to calm objections about how the Constitution did not contain a Bill of Rights. The empowering of the legislative body of government was retained by the United States Constitution in order to empower the citizens' right of consent. It is apparent that these differences are associated with the differences of the people, times, and reason for creation. The Magna Carta contained the idea of a government based on agreement or contract between a ruler and the governed was instituted. The United States Constitution was the basis for creation of the United States. In the Bill of Rights and the Constitution, the people hold the powers of decision, and the three branches of government are equally empowered. The English Constitution is not a single document but a set of laws, acts of Parliament, and political customs. These ideas were later a part of the American Constitution. The English Bill of Rights, hereafter referred to as the Declaration of Rights, was ratified by Parliament. In the Virginia Constitution, the power derived from the citizens and kept by the citizens. It gave the people the protection from imprisonment or punishment without proper lawful judgment of peers and by the law of the land.