Category Archives: Relations Between Branches

Why was Britain’s membership of the EU unique before Brexit?

Britain joined the European Economic Community (now the European Union) in 1973. Following the decision by Edward Heath to enter the EEC, the Labour Party narrowly won the Feb 1974 election and honoured their pledge to hold a referendum on membership. This referendum was held in 1985 and at that point 67.2% of Britons voted to remain in the EEC.

Following Britain’s accession into the E.E.C the organisation changed dramatically and so did Britain’s relations with it. However, Britain possessed a number of opt outs that left its particular relationship with the EEC unique to that of other states.

So how was Britain’s membership different?

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What is the Rule of Law and why is it an important principle of the UK Constitution?

The Law of the Constitution is AV DIcey’s most famous work.

Along with Parliamentary Sovereignty, the Victorian constitutional scholar A.V Dicey called the Rule of Law one of the ‘twin pillars of the UK constitution’. By this, he meant it was one of the things that was fundamental in making the UK constitution what it is. So, what is meant by the Rule of Law and why is it so significant?

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Why was Miller vs Prime Minister so significant?

The UK Supreme Court was created under the Constitutional Reform Act (2005).

Since its inception after the Constitutional Reform Act (2005) a number of extremely significant judicial review cases have ended up in the UK Supreme Court, the final court of appeal in the UK. Arguably, none are as significant as Miller vs. Prime Minister in 2019. So, what was this case about and why was it so constitutionally significant?

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