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(p. 166) 5. The UK Parliament 

(p. 166) 5. The UK Parliament
(p. 166) 5. The UK Parliament

Mark Elliott

and Robert Thomas


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date: 13 November 2018

This chapter focuses on three principal issues concerning the UK Parliament. First, it addresses the democratic credentials of Parliament. Second, it considers Parliament’s legislative role. Third, it examines Parliament’s powers. The chapter shows that, at least in constitutional theory, Parliament is ‘sovereign’, meaning that its authority to legislate is legally unlimited, and considers why this is, whether it is acceptable, and whether the notion of parliamentary sovereignty remains accurate today.

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