How and to what extent has globalisation diminished the sovereignty of the UK Parliament?
Sovereignty within the United Kingdom was historically controlled by the monarchy and government, in the midst of criminal and civil law, trade and industry, and taxation all within their scope, however in the last century sovereignty has slowly diminished due to influences from overseas and globalisation. Globalisation is a complicated term to define because not only does it refer to the mergence of two countries economically but through education, society and politics. Globalisation integrates many people of all nations through the common medium like the economy. The extent to which globalisation has diminished the sovereignty of the UK parliament is a common argument when analysing the effects of globalisation.
Firstly sovereignty in recent years has slowly been diminishing due to the membership of the world Trade Organisation and the G8; this gives the UK a grater than before say in the world’s markets, policies and aims. Nevertheless membership of such inter-governmental organisations as the European Union also diminishes our sovereignty within our own country. For example laws passed in certain areas within the EU are superior over the UK law and we therefore have politically lost a considerable amount of our power. Inter-governmental organisations globalisation could be said to have increased our power over international politics whilst decreasing our power over domestic politics.
Many people see the growth of international terrorism as a repercussion of globalisation, the major attacks in the USA on September 11th 2001 and on the 7th July 2005 in the UK has had major implications on the politics on the UK. Al-Qaeda, one of the terrorist organisations which have been held responsible for these events has been attracting the support of the people who are angered by the “McDonaldization” which has indirectly led to the growth of terrorism. On the days of these...