The meaning of Parliamentary Supremacy
The meaning of parliamentary supremacy was expressed by:
- A V Dicey.
- He said: 'Parliament has the right to make or unmake any law it wishes and no person or body has the right to override or ignore the law of Parliament.'
- This means that Parliament is the supreme law making body in the UK.
- It also means that Parliament's laws are the highest form in the UK.
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The 7 key features of Parliamentary Supremacy
The 7 key features are: (*think ACTMRBE)
- A: if any other source conflicts, the Act will stand.
- C: It cannot be challenged and must be applied in all UK courts.
- T: If 2 Acts of Parliament conflict, the latter will prevail.
- M: Parliament has the power to make or rescind any law it wishes.
- R: Parliament can repeal any law it wishes by majority vote.
- B: Parliament cannot bind its successors.
- E: Parliament can make any laws that apply to past events or events outside the UK. E.g the War Crimes Act.
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