UK & Parliamentary Sovereignty


UK & Parliamentary


Parliamentary sovereignty is a concept of great importance in parliamentary democracies because it gives laws formulated by the people’s representatives great weight. It makes the laws they make the highest and ultimate source of power which citizens look up to for protection of their common interests such as duties, rights, moralities, and so on, as well as the accountability of the powerful. In the United Kingdom (UK), its classical explanation is owed to A.V. Dicey – a noted British jurist and constitutional theorist of the twentieth century – who defined it as a three-tier notion. Paraphrasing him makes sovereignty eternally legally unlimited legislative power of the Westminster parliament to which judiciary owes allegiance.

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