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EU Law - How it works and why it matters to our democracy

Our membership of the EU is governed by the European treaties, the powers of the EU Court and its other institutions. As lawyers we have a duty to explain these complex issues so that the debate on EU membership is conducted on the basis of reason and informed understanding.

In a detailed historical review of this subject, Martin Howe QC explains the basics of EU law: how, unlike normal international treaties, it penetrates into the internal legal systems of Member States;  how it has 'primacy' and claims to override all national laws including fundamental and constitutional laws;  and how the European Court of Justice has set about expanding the scope of its own powers and the scope of EU law by creative and politically driven 'interpretation' of the treaties and of EU laws.

In a simple-to-understand introductory article about the legal powers of the EU,  Jeremy Brier, barrister and former Adjunct Professor of EU Law at Pepperdine University, explains Why My American Students Used to Gasp in Horror when they Learnt About the EU We believe that this article should be made compulsory reading for President Obama and other Americans who feel they are entitled to lecture us to give up this country's right to self-government.