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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

(p.139) 5. The House of Commons1
The British Constitution in the Twentieth Century

Paul Seaward

Paul Silk

British Academy

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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