Monday June 1, 2020

Comment: Parliamentary supremacy wins out in the UK

The ruling is a blow to Scotland and Northern Ireland whose devolved parliaments don't get a vote, writes Francesca Comyn

24th January, 2017
Artist Kaya Mar poses with one of his paintings outside the Supreme Court in London today Pic: Getty

So it is no surprise that cabinet will not be deploying powers on international treaties under the royal prerogative when dealing with Brussels. Parliamentary supremacy, a keystone of the UK's non-written constitution has won out, as it did in the High Court.

Withdrawal from the EU marks a fundamental change to the UK's constitutional arrangements “by cutting off the source of EU law”. Domestic law is engaged and an act of parliament is required, the...

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