What was the Emergency Powers (Defence) Act 1939 (UK)?

Introduction The Emergency Powers (Defence) Act 1939 was emergency legislation passed just prior to the outbreak of World War II by the Parliament of the United Kingdom to enable the British Government to take up emergency powers to prosecute the war effectively. It contained clauses giving the government wide powers to create Defence Regulations which… Read More

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What was the Emergency Powers Act 1939 (Ireland)?

Introduction The Emergency Powers Act 1939 (EPA) was an Act of the Oireachtas (Irish parliament) enacted on 03 September 1939, after an official state of emergency had been declared on 02 September 1939 in response to the outbreak of the Second World War. The Act empowered the government to: make provisions for securing the public… Read More