The European Union Essay

1142 Words Sep 26th, 2016 5 Pages
1. List three sources of statute law in Scotland.
Statute laws are passed by parliament institutions; therefore, three sources of statute law are the Scottish parliament (sub-national level), the Westminster Parliament (national level), and the European Union Parliament (international level).

2. Explain the role of the European Union in passing laws that are binding in Scotland.
According to the EU view, Member States have permanently transferred their sovereignty, thus they cannot validly create laws that are incompatible with EU law, where in a conflict between EU law and Scots Law, EU law prevails (Ashton, 2012, p. 154). The EU has the legal power to enact legislation in a wide range of areas and once the EU has enacted a law, the Scotland must give effect to that law it their domestic legal system (Ashton, 2012, p. 140).

3. Explain three types of legislation passed by the European Union.
Three types of legislation passed by the EU are as follows (NESC, 2016):
• Treaties - outline the broad objectives of EU law, such as personal rights and freedoms.
• Regulations - impose detailed rules that help to ensure Treaty objectives are met.
• Directives - instruct Member States to achieve a particular result by passing domestic legislation.

4. Outline the legislative process followed by the Westminster Parliament.
The legislative process followed by the Westminster Parliament is shown on Figure 1 (Wikipedia, 2016).

Figure 1: A graphic representation of the legislative…

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