53. Powers of devolved assemblies.

Although the legislative powers of the devolved assemblies in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland differ from one to the other and from those of the United Kingdom Parliament1, all are required to exercise those powers in a manner which is compatible with the Convention rights and none have power to pass legislation which is incompatible2, unlike the United Kingdom Parliament3. If any legislation passed by the devolved bodies appears to have the potential to create incompatibility with the Convention, it is first asked whether incompatibility does indeed arise, using ordinary principles of statutory interpretation, but taking the Convention context