Sovereignty can be discussed on a highly theoretical level and if this were the focus of our article we would be starting by exploring theories and understandings developed by Hobbes, Austin or Hart. You would be reading about the different views on sources of authority and then sovereignty and how Dicey explored the concept of a parliament as a sovereign.
This is where we are hitting the actual crux of this article. Compared to other constitutions in the world, the UK’s constitution is one of the very few, if not the only one, viewing parliament as the sovereign of its constitutional core. The UK people are born and raised in a legal framework, which holds its institutions to account through a strong and sovereign parliament at the centre. A sovereign parliament means a direct impact for the people and who the sovereign is that legislates for them.
The UK’s common law and parliamentary sovereignty form together a very distinct and unique understanding of how a state or a state like Union should be run that applies any sort of constitutional framework. You may have figured by now that it is the UK’s and EU relationship and the impact sovereignty has on it that is the actual focus of this article.