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European Union Law

European Union Law

European Union Law is law which affects all member states. The main source of EU law is the Treaty of Rome. This sets out basic principles such as the right to the free movement of goods (Article 30), the right of free movement of workers (Article 39) and the right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex (Article 141). The Treaty is directly effective in all member states. So far as Britain is concerned, this is also stressed by the European Community Act 1972 which says that rights and powers under the Treaties are ‘without further enactment to be given legal effect and used in the United Kingdom’. The Treaty of Rome also gives power for further EU law to be made by regulations and directives. New treaties, such as the Treaty of European Union, can also create law. Before new EU law is created, there is a lengthy consultative process.


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