Chapter

The House of Commons<sup>1</sup>

Paul Seaward and Paul Silk

in The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Published by British Academy

Published in print June 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263198
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734755 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.003.0005

Series: British Academy Centenary Monographs

The House of Commons1

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This chapter examines the history of the House of Commons in Great Britain, discussing the nineteenth- and twentieth-century legacy of the House of Commons. It reveals that, by the end of the twentieth century, the prestige and pre-eminence which Parliament possessed at its beginning was clearly no more. The first signs of a retreat from the principle of parliamentary sovereignty was the passage of the European Communities Act and the Factortame case.

Keywords: House of Commons; Great Britain; parliamentary sovereignty; European Communities Act; Factortame case

Chapter.  18351 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Politics

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