I read a fascinating description of the differences between the continental and British law. In continental mentality, laws exist to give and guarantee your rights. In British law, laws exist to curtail your rights because rights are something you are endowed with by virtue of existing. Other humans can’t give you rights. They can only abridge them for purposes of more comfortable coexistence.
And this, which I really love. In British law, the meaning of a statute is defined by the words it uses. In continental law, the meaning is defined by the purpose the statute is used for at any given time.
This is from Frederick Lawton, Lord Justice of Appeal in the 1970s. Obviously, today’s Britain is nothing like Lawton’s Britain. Freedom-loving Brits have gone extinct.