Statute of Westminster


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Statute of Westminster

n
(Historical Terms) the act of Parliament (1931) that formally recognized the independence of the dominions within the Empire
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He is probably wrong to assert that Reciprocity would not have affected Imperial Preference and he does not seem to have read the Statute of Westminster very carefully, if at all.
under) the Statute of Westminster 1931 under the skilled statesmanship of General Hertzog, Prime Minister of the Union of South Africa .
First, it has been argued that the Canadian statute accords with a convention set forth in the second recital of the preamble to the Statute of Westminster, 1931, which states that the assent of the Dominion parliaments is required in order to make "any alteration in the law touching Succession to the Throne or the Royal Style and Titles" (24) Second, the government of Canada and Peter Hogg have argued that the preamble of the Constitution Act, 1867, which says that Canada is "federally united into One Dominion under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland," erects a "principle of symmetry" in constitutional law, such that the Queen of the United Kingdom is ex officio the same person as the Queen of Canada.
In 1924 he appointed the first Labour ministry and in 1931 the Statute of Westminster recognised the dominions of the Empire as separate, independent states within the Commonwealth of Nations.
This article argues that, since the 1931 Statute of Westminster, Canada has developed its own distinct process for amending its constitution.
The legislation introduced today is in keeping with the Preamble to the Statute of Westminster, 1931, which provides that any changes to the laws governing succession require the assent of Dominion Parliaments.
A Reader's Guide in the front matter groups entries by theme, and a chronology briefly annotates significant dates beginning with the year 1275, when the Statute of Westminster in England began regulation of bail, and ending with laws passed in 2012 permitting gay marriage.
Five years later the British parliament passed the Statute of Westminster removing the British parliament's power to legislate on behalf of the Dominions except at their request and by their consent.