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United Kingdom Parliamentary Sovereignty Bill 2010-12

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Presentation Bill)
Sponsor:
Mr Christopher Chope

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 26 2010-11 (as introduced) | PDF version, 71KB 16.03.2011

Latest news on the United Kingdom Parliamentary Sovereignty Bill 2010-12

The Bill failed to complete its passage through Parliament before the end of the session. This means the Bill will make no further progress.

Summary of the United Kingdom Parliamentary Sovereignty Bill 2010-12

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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