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(p. 193) 6. The law and institutions of the European Union (EU) 

(p. 193) 6. The law and institutions of the European Union (EU)
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(p. 193) 6. The law and institutions of the European Union (EU)
Author(s):

Steve Wilson

, Helen Rutherford

, Tony Storey

, and Natalie Wortley

DOI:
10.1093/he/9780198808152.003.0006
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date: 04 December 2020

The UK is currently a Member State of the European Union (EU). The EU is administered by several supranational institutions including: the European Council; the Council of the European Union; the European Commission; the European Parliament; and the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU). The main sources of EU law are primary legislation, ie the treaties, secondary legislation, including regulations and directives, and the case law of the CJEU. Where EU law and national law conflict, EU law is supreme. EU law may have direct effect, i.e. be enforceable by individuals before national courts or indirect effect, where national courts are obliged to interpret national legislation and case law, so far as possible to conform with a relevant directive. State liability for breaches of EU law means that Member States are obliged to compensate individuals for consequent loss or damage.

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