Devolution and EU

Topics: United Kingdom, Wales, Scotland Pages: 2 (336 words) Published: February 15, 2015
How far have EU membership and devolution affected UK parliamentary sovereignty?

Yes, big
impact on
PS

Devolution

EU Membership

Scotland:​
Scottish Parliament
granted powers to make
primary legislation in selected
areas, i.e. general laws, and
able to grant powers to other
localised bodies
Scottish executive have
ability to:
-formulate policy+legislation
-negociate for funds with
Westminster
-liaise w/British govt when
there are overlapping
functions
-negociate with institutions of
the EU
-oversee provision of services
by local authorities
(George) lol

Over 75% of laws are made in the
europe including agricultural and
fishing.
EU Laws are seen as more
important as UK Laws so if there is
a conflict in Laws, the EU law wins.
(Edward) x

WALES: able to make policies
on; education, social services,
local government, building and
planning regulations,
agriculture, fisheries, health,
transport, housing, Welsh
language regulations, sport
and recreation and emergency
services
London:​
(​
Cal)
-Mayor now elected
-Controls the allocation of
fund
-Livingstone;introduction of
congestion charge(2007)and
influential in gaining a
crossrail system and securing
the 2012 olympics
-Good ol’ Boris made london
more cyclist friendly with

cycle lanes & Boris bike.
Limitations
of impact

Scotland (rak’s hometown):
possible for Parliament to
repeal Scottish Parliament and
devolutionary powers, but this
would be unconstitutional
Constraints:
-cannot conflict with British
laws
- cannot conflict with EU laws
-cannot raise national taxes,
apart from income tax by only
+/- 3%
WALES: constraints
-can only pass limited primary
legislations
-cannot grant powers to
members of the Welsh
exectutive
-cannot call london
government to account
directly
-cannot raise any special
taxes in Wales
London:
-Ultimately limited by
assembly
-Ken Livingstone lost his
battle to prevent the
privatisation of the...
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