EU: National Parliaments

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of Lord Pearson of Rannoch Lord Pearson of Rannoch UKIP

To ask Her Majesty’s Government which policy areas are entirely under the control of the national parliaments of European Union member states; and which are subject to (1) unanimity, and (2) qualified majority voting, in the Council of Ministers.

Photo of Baroness Warsi Baroness Warsi Senior Minister of State (Foreign and Commonwealth Office) (Jointly with the Department for Communities and Local Government), Senior Minister of State (Department for Communities and Local Government) (Faith and Communities) (also in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office)

On the subject of national parliaments, different Member States have different constitutional structures. Although the UK does not have a single, written constitution, the constitutional relationship between the UK and EU is perfectly clear and it is that the UK Parliament is sovereign in the UK. The EU Act of 2011 also makes clear that directly effective and directly applicable EU law only takes effect in the UK legal order by virtue of the will of Parliament – through the European Communities Act 1972 and through other Acts of Parliament.

On the question of voting arrangements in the Council of Ministers, I refer the noble Lord to the answer given by the Minister of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend Mr Lidington, to Sir Richard Shepherd, on 16 July 2013, HC Hansard, Official report, column 644W.

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