Legislatures and legislation of the United Kingdom(Redirected from United Kingdom legislation)
The Legislatures and legislation of the United Kingdom derives from a number of different sources. The Parliament of the United Kingdom is the supreme legislative body for the United Kingdom and the British overseas territories with Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland each having their own devolved legislatures. Each of the three major jurisdictions of the United Kingdom (England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland) has its own laws and the legal system.
United Kingdom legislature & English lawEdit
The Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern IrelandEdit
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (commonly known as the UK Parliament, the British Parliament, the Westminster Parliament or "Westminster") is the supreme legislative body for the United Kingdom. It alone possesses legislative supremacy and thereby ultimate power over all other political bodies in the UK and its territories. Its head is the Sovereign of the United Kingdom (currently Queen Elizabeth II) and its seat is the Palace of Westminster in Westminster, London.
The United Kingdom Legislation may take the form of Acts (passed directly by Parliament) or Statutory Instruments, made under the authority of an Act of Parliament by either a government minister or by the Queen-in-Council. The latter are generally subject either to parliamentary approval (affirmative procedure) or parliamentary disallowance (negative procedure). The majority of Acts considered in the UK are defined as public general acts, or 'Acts of Parliament' as they will have progressed and gained approval as a Bill through both House of Commons and House of Lords, and also have gained Royal Assent from the Monach. Local and Personal Acts of Parliament are also presented to Parliament as a result of sponsored petitions. These, however, are processed through committees to enable relevant or affected parties to challenge or change the proposed Act. Prerogative instruments, made by the Sovereign under the royal prerogative are another source of UK-wide legislation..
With there being no devolved legislature in England the Parliament of the United Kingdom is also the supreme body for all it’s legislation, it’s public bodies, Local government and its governance.
House of CommonsEdit
The House of Commons is the lower house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and is a elected clamber consisting currently of 650 Members of Parliament, abbreviated to MP. Each MP represents one constituency with 531 elected from England, 59 elected from Scotland, 40 elected from Wales and 18 elected from Northern Ireland. The House of Commons is now considered to be the supreme chamber of Parliament.
House of LordsEdit
The House of Lords is the upper house of the Parliament of the United Kingdom however it is a unelected chamber with all members to the House of Lords being appointed. As of August 2018 there are currently 793 members known as “Peers”. The House of Lords no longer has the same powers as the House of Commons under the Parliament Acts of 1911 and 1949 partiality when it comes to blocking general legislation and the passing of financial legislation.
Devolved legisatures and lawEdit
The Scottish ParliamentEdit
The Scottish Parliament is the national, unicameral legislature of Scotland, located in the Holyrood area of the capital, Edinburgh. The Parliament, informally referred to as "Holyrood", is a democratically elected body comprising 129 members known as Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs).
The Scottish Parliament was convened by the Scotland Act 1998, which sets out its powers as a devolved legislature. The Act delineates the legislative competence of the Parliament – the areas in which it can make laws – by explicitly specifying powers that are "reserved" to the Parliament of the United Kingdom: all matters that are not explicitly reserved are automatically the responsibility of the Scottish Parliament. The British Parliament retains the ability to amend the terms of reference of the Scottish Parliament, and can extend or reduce the areas in which it can make laws. The first meeting of the new Parliament took place on 12 May 1999.
The Scottish Statutory Instruments made by the Scottish Government are another source of legislation. As with Statutory Instruments made by the British government, these are generally subject to either approval or disallowance by the Scottish Parliament
The National Assembly for WalesEdit
The National Assembly for Wales has the power to make legislation in Wales. The Assembly was created by the Government of Wales Act 1998, which followed a referendum in 1997. It is a democratically elected body with 60 members known as Assembly Members (AMs). The Assembly had no powers to initiate primary legislation until limited law-making powers were gained through the Government of Wales Act 2006. Its primary law-making powers were enhanced following a Yes vote in the referendum on 3 March 2011, making it possible for it to legislate in the 20 areas that are devolved without having to consult the UK parliament, nor the Secretary of State for Wales. The Assembly may also delegate authority to enact legislation through Welsh Statutory Instruments.
The Northern Ireland AssemblyEdit
The Northern Ireland Assembly is the devolved legislature of Northern Ireland which is a democratically elected body comprising 90 members known as Members of the Legislative Assembly (MLAs). It has power to legislate in a wide range of areas that are not explicitly reserved to the Parliament of the United Kingdom, and to appoint the Northern Ireland Executive. It sits at Parliament Buildings at Stormont in Belfast. Legislation of the Assembly empowers the Northern Island Executive to issue Statutory Rules in a variety of areas.
The Assembly currently hasn’t met since 26 January 2017 due to a breakdown of trust which brought down both the Assembly and Executive.
European Union lawEdit
The Historical legislaturesEdit
- Section 2 of The Royal and Parliamentary Titles Act 1927[permanent dead link] (17 Geo. V c. 4)
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- "Scotland Act 1998: Scottish Parliament Reserved Issues". Office of Public Sector Information (OPSI). Archived from the original on 19 May 2007. Retrieved 14 November 2006.
- Murkens, Jones & Keating (2002) pp11
- "Scottish Parliament Official Report – 12 May 1999". Scottish Parliament. Archived from the original on 26 February 2008. Retrieved 5 November 2006.
- "Wales says Yes in referendum vote". BBC News. 4 March 2011.