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The British Constitution$
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Anthony King

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199576982

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199576982.001.0001

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The Judges Come Out

The Judges Come Out

(p.115) 6 The Judges Come Out
The British Constitution

Anthony King

Oxford University Press

This chapter highlights the role of the courts and judges in the constitutional order in Britain. When Britain became a member of the European Union (EU), the power to set limits to the unlimited power of the parliament to make and unmake UK law was enjoyed by the courts and judges. This power was handed to them by the European Communities Act 1972 and the European Court of Justice. The jurisprudence of Britain and Europe became intertwined from 1973 onwards.

Keywords:   courts, judges, constitutional order, Britain, European Union, parliament, state law, European Communities Act 1972, European Court of Justice, jurisprudence

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