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Emma Hughes, a junior lawyer at a prominent law firm, is preparing a report on the role of constitutional conventions in the UK's legal system. She comes across the Ponsonby Rule and needs to understand its significance. She reads that constitutional conventions, although not legally binding, are followed with considerable discipline. However, she finds it challenging to grasp the precise application of the Ponsonby Rule. 


Which of the following statements best describes the Ponsonby Rule?

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The Ponsonby Rule, established by Arthur Ponsonby, Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign Affairs, in 1924, mandates that any treaty subject to ratification must be laid before Parliament for at least 21 sitting days before it can be ratified by the executive. This allows Parliament to scrutinise the treaty and request a debate if necessary. On 11 November 2010, Part 2 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010 came into force, putting the Ponsonby Rule on a statutory footing. This Act formalised the requirement for parliamentary scrutiny of treaties, effectively replacing the original Ponsonby Rule. 


Key Point: The Ponsonby Rule, now part of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act 2010, ensures parliamentary oversight of treaties before ratification, highlighting the importance of constitutional conventions in maintaining the balance of power between the government and Parliament in the UK.

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