47. The interpretative obligation.

So far as it is possible to do so, primary and subordinate legislation1 must be read and given effect in a way which is compatible with the Convention rights2. However, where a provision cannot be so read, it remains valid3. Thus the Convention rights do not automatically override pre-existing law and Parliament remains free in theory to legislate contrary to them if clear words are used and it is the clear intention of the statute to do so