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The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century$
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Vernon Bogdanor

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263198

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.001.0001

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The House of Commons1

The House of Commons1

Chapter:
(p.139) 5. The House of Commons1
Source:
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century
Author(s):

Paul Seaward

Paul Silk

Publisher:
British Academy
DOI:10.5871/bacad/9780197263198.003.0005

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

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