Key Figures

Chief of State:
King Charles III
Head of Government:
Prime Minister Rishi Sunak


Government Name:
United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
No written consitution, parliament legally has sovereignty . Un-written consitution focuses on statutes, common law and traditional rights.
Government Type:
Constitutional Monarchy and a Commonwealth Realm
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Coat of Arms of United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Index of Economic Freedom

Grades each country on a scale of 0 to 100, based on ten freedoms, with 100 representing the greatest amount of economic autonomy from government intervention. Source: Heritage Foundation (2023)

Country Risk Rating

A somewhat shaky political and economic outlook and a relatively volatile business environment can affect corporate payment behavior. Corporate default probability is still acceptable on average. Source: Coface (2023)

Government Branches

Main Powers Election Process Election Cycle 1

Power to dismiss and appoint a prime minister, grant Royal Assent to bills, commission officers in the Armed Forces, ratify and make treaties, recognize sttes, and deploy Armed Forces over seas.

Prime minister is elected by parliament.

5 years


Has jurisdiction to resolve disputes relating to devolution in the United Kingdom and concerning the legal powers of the three devolved governments (in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland) or laws made by the devolved legislatures.

Appointed by the monarch.

Mandatory retirement age of 80


Ministers are a part of the Parliament which is in charge of the primary acts of legislation.

House of Lords are appointed by the monarch and 92 members are hereditary, and the House of Commons are elected by simple majority vote in single-member constituencies.

5 years

Regional Trade Blocs

No Regional Trade Blocs

International Organization Participation [2]

Environmental Agreements [3]

Tax Information [2]

Tax Authority:
HM Revenue and Customs
Tax Name:


  1. ElectionGuide
  2. EY,
  3. CIA World Factbook,
  4. U.S. Bilateral Relations Fact Sheets