Parliamentary sovereignty

Legislation is the source of primary law. Statutory legislation cannot be repealed by any Court. Even where statutory law comes into conflict with rights under the European Convention on Human Rights, the Court does not have any power to strike that legislation down.

Legislation also takes precedent over the use of prerogative powers. In the event that statutory law conflicts with a decision taken pursuant to the Royal Preogative, then the statue will prevail.

Parliament cannot bind itself – any law made by current parliament can be amended by a subsequent one

  • Legislation is law made by parliament
  • Laws made by parliament are either statutes (primary legislation) or statutory instruments (secondary legislation)