22. Treaties and statutory construction.

The presumption of statutory1 construction that Parliament does not intend to legislate contrary to the United Kingdom's existing international obligations2 applies as much to treaty obligations3 as to those under customary international law. In the absence of compelling evidence of an opposing parliamentary intent, ambiguous legislative terms are to be construed, where linguistically possible, so as not to conflict with any treaty obligation relevant to their content4 and binding at the time of their enactment5 on the United Kingdom. That is, if a legislative term is capable of more than one meaning but only one of those meanings accords