Constitutional Rights of The UK. It needs to be at least 2500 words. To do this it will be necessary to examine the impact of EU legislation and other pressures that have been asserted on the UK government. This can be achieved by analyzing case law in recent cases and comparing this with previous decisions given before the power was conceded to these other agencies. From this, it should be possible to discuss whether this loss of power has an impact on constitutional accountability and the extent of the impact.
Although the UK has no written constitution it has long been accepted within British Constitutional law that parliament has sovereignty or supremacy over legislation. It was the intention that this supremacy would entitle parliament to be able to change or repeal any legislation that has been passed by a previous parliament, so long as parliament could achieve a majority agree that the particular piece of legislation should be changed or repealed. Under this notion, parliament ought to essentially have supremacy over all the government institutions as well as over the courts and the crown.
Parliamentary supremacy was established during the 17th and 18th century during which time parliaments acquired the power to name and depose any monarch. Within the UK constitution parliament has the power to make laws in any area, although they cannot bind successive parliaments. As mentioned above, parliaments can repeal or change previously passed legislation. Supremacy dictates that the only parliament has the power to change or repeal laws, however, in recent years, parliament seems to have lost some of its power, and influence from the EU and other international organizations as well as localized institutions seem to have been able to exert pressure on the UK government to change legislation.
From 1997 onwards there has been a move towards the devolution of powers within the UK. This devolution was promised in .manifesto pledges made by the Labour government in the hope of securing victory at the next election.