The European Community after the Single European Act

Ian Loveland

in Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, and Human Rights

Seventh edition

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Published in print March 2015 | ISBN: 9780198709039
Published online June 2015 | e-ISBN: 9780191795657 | DOI:
The European Community after the Single European Act

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This chapter traces the history of the European Economic Community from 1986 to 2008, beginning by analysing the origins and objectives of the Single European Act. It then examines how the European Court of Justice developed principles to facilitate the enforcement of EC law, considers the extent to which UK courts have applied such ideas, and explores the controversies engendered by the Maastricht, Amsterdam, and Lisbon Treaties. The chapter concludes by assessing whether continued EC membership will entail a loss of the UK’s ‘sovereignty’ to a federal European constitution and a rebalancing of power within the constitution between Parliament and the courts.

Keywords: European Economic Community; Court of Justice; UK courts; sovereignty; Parliament; British constitution

Chapter.  19617 words. 

Subjects: Constitutional and Administrative Law

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