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Is former Supreme Court president Nicholas Phillips optimistic about the rule of law?

What might be the consequences of years of constitutional turbulence?

By Alex Dean  

Official parliamentary portrait. Photo: What might be the consequences of years of constitutional turbulence?

The question of how the UK constitution should work has been given new urgency. The Gina Miller court cases brought the issue to wide public attention; the government’s handling of the pandemic has generated heated discussion around executive powers and their legitimate use.

It was against this backdrop that I called Nicholas Phillips to ask about the rule of law. One of the UK’s most significant legal figures, Phillips served as Master of the Rolls, the second highest-ranking judicial position in England and Wales, before his…

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