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To what extent has Parliament lost Sovereignty?

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To what extent has Parliament lost Sovereignty?

Parliamentary Sovereignty is defined in two terms. These are legal and political. The legal term means that Parliament can do what they want to for example making laws, which can't be overruled by anyone, and that Parliament has unrestricted powers. There are three elements to the Parliamentary, which are the Commons, the Lords and the Monarch. Another thing about the legal term is that no parliament can pass a law which would affect successors. The political term to this makes the Parliamentary Sovereignty seem misleading. This is because the monarch is now just symbolic and has no normal powers, the Lords isn't elected and the Commons is dominated by the majority party which usually has less than 50% of the seats. A second thing about the political term is that even though Parliament is legally all- powerful, when in practise it can be seen as restricted. An example of this is when Margaret Thatcher was allowed to pass the unpopular poll tax. In result to this, she lost the following elections which showed that the people had power over the government, not physically, but enough which pressurises the government.

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