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EU Agree Further Extension for Brexit

Donald Tusk announced this morning (28 October 2019) that the EU 27 has agreed to accept the UK (Parliament) request for an extension to the period under Article 50 (3) until 31 January 2020.

After 942 days since Article 50 was invoked, another extension (Jan 31 2020) to the extension (Oct 31 2019) of the extension (Apr 12 2019) of the negotiation period (Mar 29 2019) allowed under Article 50 has been agreed by the EU27. With option to leave on Dec 1 2019 or 1 Jan 2010.

All these extensions are playing havoc with my Countdown to Brexit

https://politick.co.uk/countdown/

EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – DExEU

A number of documents were issued on 22 October 2019 by the Department for Exiting the EU including Fact Sheets and Impact Assessments related to the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill.

The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill is required to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement, as agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union, and implement the Agreements (EU, EEA EFTA and Swiss) in domestic law. This Bill ensures that the United Kingdom is able to fulfil its international obligations, and leave the European Union with a deal.

Documents include:

EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2019-2020/0007/cbill_2019-20200007_en_1.htm


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Delegated Powers Memorandum (PDF, 3.56MB, 104 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841012/EU__Withdrawal_Agreement__Bill_Delegated_Powers_Memorandum.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Explanatory Notes

https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2019-2020/0007/en3/20007en01.htm


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill ECHR Memorandum (PDF, 138KB, 10 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841009/EU__Withdrawal_Agreement__Bill_ECHR_Memorandum_.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Impact Assessment (PDF, 739KB, 69 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841245/EU_Withdrawal_Agreement_Bill_Impact_Assessment.pdf


Regulatory Policy Committee opinion on the Impact Assessment of the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (PDF, 275KB, 15 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841011/Regulatory_Policy_Committee_opinion_on_the_Impact_Assessment_of_the_EU__Withdrawal_Agreement__Bill.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – Overview (PDF, 970KB, 8 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841100/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_OVERVIEW.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – Citizens’ rights (PDF, 891KB, 10 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841112/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_CITIZENS_RIGHTS.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – Northern Ireland (PDF, 1.25MB, 8 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841108/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_NI.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – Implementation period (PDF, 1.33MB, 8 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841102/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_IMPLEMENTATION_PERIOD.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – Finance Authority (PDF, 1.19MB, 6 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841109/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_FINANCE.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – EEA EFTA Separation Agreement (PDF, 1.15MB, 10 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841110/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_EEA_EFTA.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement (PDF, 948KB, 10 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841105/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_SWISS.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – Independent Monitoring Authority for the Citizens’ Rights Agreements (PDF, 1.15MB, 8 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841101/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_INDEPENDENT_MONITOR.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – Workers’ Rights (PDF, 1.12MB, 6 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841103/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_WORKERS_RIGHTS.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – Parliamentary Oversight of Withdrawal (PDF, 995KB, 8 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841104/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_PARLY_OVERSIGHT.pdf


EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill Fact Sheet – Other Separation Issues (PDF, 981KB, 6 pages)

https://assets.publishing.service.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/841106/WAB_Fact_Sheet_-_OTHER_SEP_ISSUES.pdf

Further information on the Bill can be found in the relevant documents listed above, available from:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/eu-withdrawal-agreement-bill

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – Timetable

The Government attempted to fast-track the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 through Parliament. The proposed timetable was rejected by MPs on 22 October 2019 following a vote with 308 in favour and 322 against.

Hansard: http://bit.ly/2MFGtV9

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (PROGRAMME)

Motion made, and Question put forthwith (Standing Order No. 83A(7)),

That the following provisions shall apply to the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill:

Committal

(1) The Bill shall be committed to a Committee of the whole House.

Proceedings in Committee

(2) Proceedings in Committee of the whole House shall be completed in two days.

(3) The proceedings shall be taken on each of those days as shown in the first column of the following Table and in the order so shown.

(4) The proceedings shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion at the times specified in the second column of the Table:

Table
Proceedings Time for conclusion of proceedings
At today's sitting
Clauses 1 to 4; new Clauses relating to Part 1; new Schedules relating to Part 1 Three hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Motion for this Order.
Second day
Clauses 21 to 23; Schedule 3; Clause 24; Clauses 29 to 34; Schedule 4; Clauses 35 and 36; new Clauses relating to any of Clauses 21 to 23, Schedule 3, Clause 24, Clauses 29 to 34, Schedule 4, Clause 35 or Clause 36; new Schedules relating to any of Clauses 21 to 23, Schedule 3, Clause 24, Clauses 29 to 34, Schedule 4, Clause 35 or Clause 36 Six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill on the second day.
Clauses 7 to 14; Schedule 1; Clause 15; Schedule 2; Clauses 16 and 17; new Clauses relating to Part 3; new Schedules relating to Part 3 Six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill on the second day
Clauses 18 to 20; Clauses 5 and 6; Clauses 25 to 28; Clauses 37 and 38; Schedule 5; Clause 39; Schedule 6; Clause 40; new Clauses relating to any of Clauses 18 to 20, Clauses 5 and 6, Clauses 25 to 28, Clauses 37 and 38, Schedule 5, Clause 39, Schedule 6 or Clause 40; new Schedules relating to any of Clauses 18 to 20, Clauses 5 and 6, Clauses 25 to 28, Clauses 37 and 38, Schedule 5, Clause 39, Schedule 6 or Clause 40 Nine hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill on the second day
New Clauses relating to a further referendum in connection with the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union, new Schedules relating to a further referendum in connection with the United Kingdom's membership of the European Union, remaining new Clauses, remaining new Schedules, remaining proceedings on the Bill Twelve hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill on the second day.

Proceedings on Consideration and up to and including Third Reading

(5) Any proceedings on Consideration, any proceedings in legislative grand committee and proceedings on Third Reading shall be taken in one day in accordance with the following provisions of this Order.

(6) Any proceedings on Consideration and any proceedings in legislative grand committee shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion six hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill on that day.

(7) Proceedings on Third Reading shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion eight hours after the commencement of proceedings on the Bill on that day.

Programming committee

(8) Standing Order No. 83B (Programming committees) shall not apply to proceedings in Committee of the whole House, to any proceedings on Consideration or to other proceedings up to and including Third Reading.

Consideration of Lords Amendments

(9) Proceedings on consideration of Lords Amendments shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

Subsequent stages

(10) Any further Message from the Lords may be considered forthwith without any Question being put.

(11) The proceedings on any further Message from the Lords shall (so far as not previously concluded) be brought to a conclusion one hour after their commencement.

Having failed to get agreement on their proposed timetable for the passage of the Bill through Parliament, the Government has paused future discussion on the Bill to a future date that is currently undefined – in other words, further progress on the Bill is halted.

Future business on the 23 and 24 October 2019 will now continue with debate on the Queen’s Speech on the NHS and conclusion of debate on the Queen’s Speech on the Economy.

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – 2nd Reading

The 2nd Reading of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 was held on Tuesday 22 October 2019.

No amendments were selected by the Speaker.

The debate was opened by the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson:

Hansard: http://bit.ly/35ZfoE8

I beg to move, That the Bill be now read a Second time.

We come together now, in the very best traditions of this House, to scrutinise this Bill and then take the decision that this country expects: to make the verdict of the British people the law of the land so that we can leave the European Union with our new deal on 31 October.

I of course wish that this decision on our national future had been taken through a meaningful vote on Saturday, but I respect perfectly the motives of my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin), although I disagree with the effects of his amendment.

I regret, too, that after Saturday’s vote the Government have been forced to act on the advice of the Cabinet Secretary and to take the only responsible course, which is to accelerate our preparations for a no-deal outcome.

Today, we have the opportunity to put all that right, because if this House backs this Bill and if we ratify this new deal, which I believe is profoundly in the interests of our whole United Kingdom and of our European friends, we can get Brexit done and move our country on—and we can de-escalate those no-deal preparations immediately and turn them off next week, and instead concentrate on the great enterprise of building a new relationship of the closest co-operation and friendship, as I said on Saturday, with our European neighbours and on addressing our people’s priorities at home.
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Following debate lasting for approximately 5 hours 30 minutes a vote was taken and the 2nd Reading passed by 329 votes in favour with 299 against.

285 Conservative, 25 Independent and 19 Labour MPs voted in favour.

10 DUP MPs voted against the 2nd Reading.

Further Reading:

The House of Commons Library published a Research Briefing of The October 2019 EU UK Withdrawal Agreement at

https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8713

and a copy of the report is available at:

The October 2019 EU UK Withdrawal Agreement ( Research Briefing (pdf) )

Other Briefing Papers prepared by the House of Commons Library are available from

https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8686

Currently, the following documents are available:

Ratification provisions

The future relationship negotiations

The transition period

Citizens’ rights provisions

Workers’ rights provision

The financial settlement

Implications for devolved institutions

The Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland

Sovereignty, special status and the Withdrawal Agreement

EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20

Monday 21 October 2019

John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, again prevented the Government from bringing forward a motion for MPs to debate and vote on whether to accept the recently agreed deal between the UK and the EU, using a convention dating back to 1604.

First, I have to judge whether the motion tabled under section 13(1)(b) of the 2018 Act for debate today is the same in substance as that which was decided on Saturday. Page 397 of ‘Erskine May’ is clear that such a motion ‘may not be brought forward again during that same session.’

With the conclusion that:

My ruling is therefore that the motion will not be debated today, as it would be repetitive and disorderly to do so.”

It is interesting to note that the motion debated on Saturday was changed completely, following amendment to read:

“That, in light of the new deal agreed with the European Union, which enables the United Kingdom to respect the result of the referendum on its membership of the European Union and to leave the European Union on 31 October with a deal, this House has considered the matter but withholds approval unless and until implementing legislation is passed.”

Thus MPs again avoid having to actually reach a decision.

The “implementing legislation” referred to is the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 and was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Monday 21 October 2019. This stage is formal and takes place without any debate.

https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2019-20/europeanunionwithdrawalagreement.html

The Bill as introduced is available here:

European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20

EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill 2019-20 (copy pdf)

Overview:

1. The European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill implements the Withdrawal Agreement, as agreed between the United Kingdom and the European Union (EU) on 17 October 2019. The Bill is required to implement the Withdrawal Agreement for it to have domestic legal effect and to enable the UK Government to ratify the Withdrawal Agreement. This Bill is also the vehicle for the Government to give effect to the EEA EFTA Separation Agreement between the UK and Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, and the Swiss Citizens’ Rights Agreement between the UK and Switzerland.

2. The Bill provides for the direct application of the Withdrawal Agreement provisions in domestic law where relevant, whilst also recognising the sovereignty of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The Bill amends the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018 to ensure it reflects the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement. The Bill also creates powers to make secondary legislation, where appropriate, to enable the Withdrawal Agreement to be implemented domestically. It includes amendments to the Northern Ireland Act 1998 in relation to rights, safeguards and equality of opportunity protections contained in the Belfast (Good Friday) Agreement 1998.
All these measures provide for the implementation of the Withdrawal Agreement agreed between the UK and the EU pertaining to the UK’s withdrawal from the EU.

3. This Bill also includes provision relating to facilitating access for Northern Ireland goods to the market in Great Britain, as well as further provision to ensure no alteration to the arrangements for North South cooperation can occur as a result of this Bill.

Explanatory notes on the Bill can be found at:

Bill 007 EN 2019-20

and a copy is available at

EU WA Bill 2019-20 Explanatory Notes (pdf)

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