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United Kingdom Parliamentary Sovereignty Bill 2009-10

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Presentation Bill)
Sponsor:
Mr William Cash

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 48 09-10 (as introduced) | PDF version, 75KB 14.01.2010

Latest news on the United Kingdom Parliamentary Sovereignty Bill 2009-10

This Bill was presented to Parliament on 13 January 2010. This is known as First Reading and there was no debate on the Bill at this stage. 

The 2009-10 session of parliament has prorogued and this Bill will make no further progress.

Summary of the United Kingdom Parliamentary Sovereignty Bill 2009-10

The Bill seeks to confirm the sovereignty of the UK Parliament by prohibiting the Government from signing, ratifying or implementing a treaty or law which increases the powers of the European Union over the United Kingdom, unless it has first been approved in a UK referendum.

If enacted, the Bill would override the requirements of the European Communities Act 1972, the rule of prerogative, the rule of international law, and any other Act of Parliament, unless the latter expressly stated to the contrary. The requirement for the Queen to withhold Assent from a Bill without a referendum first having been won would seem to interfere with a constitutional personal prerogative of the Crown.

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