The Constitution Unit


Monarchy, Church & State


The Constitution Unit has done little work on the Monarchy, because it does not feature on the constitutional reform agenda of any of the main political parties.  More frequent are calls for the disestablishment of the Church of England, which would involve removing the Monarch as head of the Church, removing the Anglican Bishops from the House of Lords, and ending government involvement in senior church appointments.The Unit conducted a three year research project into Church and State, which explored the realities of establishment, and what would be involved if the Church of England were disestablished.  It concluded that disestablishment will only happen if the Church wants it: the government is unlikely to make the first move.  The project was led by Dr Bob Morris and details of the project can be found here


Recent Publications

Books and Articles by Bob Morris

  • ‘Alternative Futures for Formal Church Establishment: Two Case Studies from the United Kingdom’in Guesnet F, Laborde C and Lee L (forthcoming 2015) Negotiating Religion (Palgrave).
  • ‘Half-Opening Cans of Worms: The Present State of “High” Anglican Establishment’, Law and Justice, No 172 (September 2014), 10-26.
  • ‘The Future of the Monarchy: The Reign of King Charles III’ in Hazell R (ed.) (2008) Constitutional Futures Revisited: Britain’s Constitution to 2020 (Palgrave), 139-155.
  • Main author: Church and State in 21st Century Britain: The Future of Church Establishment (2009) (Palgrave)
  • ‘The Future of “High” Establishment’ (2011) Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 260-273.
  • ‘Succession to the Crown Bill’ (2013) Ecclesiastical Law Journal, 186-191.

Other Unit publications



The Queen’s Sorpasso

Wednesday, 09 September 2015

9 September 2015 marks the day Elizabeth II becomes the UK’s longest reigning monarch. Bob Morris takes this milestone as an opportunity to reflect on the evolution of the monarchy in relation to the constitution in recent years. Today Queen Elizabeth II’s term exceeds Victoria’s and she becomes the nation’s longest reigning monarch. The institution […]

The Succession to the Crown Act 2013 has landed

Monday, 13 April 2015

On Friday 26 March 2015 the 2013 Succession to the Crown Act was finally brought into force. Bob Morris offers an overview of the Act and explains why it has taken so long to come into effect. At practically the last gasp of the now dissolved Parliament, the bringing into force of the Succession to […]

Deliver us from EVEL?

Monday, 20 October 2014

Bob Morris draws on the Bishops and Priests (Consecration and Ordination of Women) Measure currently passing through Parliament to consider the viability of English Votes for English Laws. Yes, from EVEL (i.e. English Votes on English Laws), not evil as in sin. But, surely, now there is devolution all round except in England, it must be […]