How do parliamentary acts become law?

Summary

The current position of the crown in the British constitutional system is the result of a centuries-long process which, in the same way as it changed the position of the crown, first strengthened the power of parliament and later de facto transferred a large part of parliamentary power to the cabinet and the prime minister . In this respect, the development of the crown in the political system of Great Britain cannot be separated from the general constitutional development. The most important events in this context are: the Magna Charta Libertatum (1215), which obliged the English king to seek the advice of secular and spiritual lords when issuing taxes; the consultation of the king took place in the "Curia Regis", for which the designation "parliament" later became naturalized. Over time, the “Curia Regis”, the Council of Thrones, developed into a fully trained corporate body, which also differentiated itself into “Lords” and “Commons”, into “House of Lords” and “House of Commons”. In 1628, the now so-called “Parliament” was included in the “Petition of Rights” from König Charles I. from the Stuart-Dynasty confirm that it was allowed to meet at certain intervals and that the king had to clear up complaints from the subjects against his officials before granting him the required taxes and expenses.

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  1. See also the collection of the most important British constitutional laws Peter Cornelius Mayer-Tasch, The Constitutions of Europe, 2nd edition, Munich 1975, p.229ff.Google Scholar
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