Does the queen get to decide who forms the government? Who gets to call an election? And how on earth do you pronounce proroguing? Such obscure constitutional questions are increasingly important in determining Britain’s future. But to understand how the constitution is shaping our political context, we need to understand its past. In this session, constitutional expert James Butler will take us through its history from the Magna Carta to the fixed-term parliament act, including everything they never taught you at school.
Are you sitting comfortably? Then we’ll begin.
James Butler is co-founder and senior editor at Novara Media