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United Kingdom Parliamentary Sovereignty Bill 2010-12

Type of Bill:
Private Members' Bill (Presentation Bill)
Mr Christopher Chope

Progress of the Bill

Bill started in the House of Commons

  1. House of Commons
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  2. House of Lords
    1. 1st reading
    2. 2nd reading
    3. Committee stage
    4. Report stage
    5. 3rd reading
  3. Consideration of Amendments
  4. Royal Assent

Latest Bill

House Bill Date
Commons Bill 26 2010-11 (as introduced) | PDF version, 71KB 16.03.2011

Latest news on the Bill

This Bill was stood over at its second reading on 18 March 2011 because fewer than 40 MPs were present. The Bill can still progress through the House. The second reading debate will be on a date to be announced.

If you require any further information about the Bill then please contact the sponsor of this bill, Christopher Chope.

This Bill had its first reading on 5 July 2010 through the presentation bill procedure.

Summary of the Bill

The Bill seeks to confirm the sovereignty of the UK Parliament by prohibiting the Government from signing, ratifying or implementing a treaty or law which increases the powers of the European Union over the United Kingdom, unless it has first been approved in a UK referendum.

If enacted, the Bill would override the requirements of the European Communities Act 1972, the rule of prerogative, the rule of international law, and any other Act of Parliament, unless the latter expressly stated to the contrary. The requirement for the Queen to withhold Assent from a Bill without a referendum first having been won would seem to interfere with a constitutional personal prerogative of the Crown.

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