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Public Law: Text, Cases, and Materials (4th edn)

Andrew Le Sueur, Maurice Sunkin, and Jo Eric Khushal Murkens
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date: 25 April 2024

3. p. 53The Legislative Supremacy of the UK Parliamentlocked

3. p. 53The Legislative Supremacy of the UK Parliamentlocked

  • Andrew Le Sueur, Andrew Le SueurProfessor of Constitutional Justice, University of Essex
  • Maurice SunkinMaurice SunkinProfessor of Public Law and Socio-Legal Studies, University of Essex
  •  and Jo Eric Khushal MurkensJo Eric Khushal MurkensAssociate Professor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science


This chapter examines the constitutional principles of parliamentary supremacy. They are supported by political constitutionalists but regarded with skepticism by legal constitutionalists. The discussions then turn to parliamentary supremacy as a set of rules; the source of parliamentary supremacy; whether an Act of Parliament can bind future Parliaments; the rules on ‘implied repeal’; and the future of parliamentary supremacy.

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