European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – Second reading

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, also previously referred to as The Repeal Bill and The Great Repeal Bill, is a public bill presented to Parliament by the Government. The Bill was introduced to the House of Commons and given its First Reading on Thursday 13 July 2017. This stage is formal and takes place without any debate.

The Second Reading of the Bill is taking place on Thursday 7 and Monday 11 September 2017.

The Bill cuts off the source of European Union law in the UK by repealing the European Communities Act 1972 and removing the competence of European Union institutions to legislate for the UK. As such, the EUW Bill has been referred to as “the Great Repeal Bill”. The Bill provides for a complex mixture of constitutional change and legal continuity.A recent Commons Briefing paper, CBP-8079, was published on the 1st September 2017

A summary is available at

and the full report is available at (pdf)

David Davis made a statement to open the debate at the Second Reading of the Bill

I beg to move, that the Bill be now read a second time.

Mr Speaker, when I introduced the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill earlier this year, I said that Bill was just the beginning – the beginning of a process to ensure that the decision made by the people in June last year is honoured.

And today we begin the next step in the historic process of honouring that decision.

Put simply, this Bill is an essential step. Whilst it does not take us out of the EU – that is a matter for the Article 50 process – it does ensure that on the day we leave, businesses know where they stand, workers’ rights are upheld and consumers remain protected.

This Bill is vital to ensuring that as we leave, we do so in an orderly manner.

Details of his full speech are available at:

Debate on the Bill followed and continued on Monday 11 September.

Various amendments wwere put to a vote and the Bill finally successfully passed the Second Reading stage by 326 votes (for) to 290 (against) for the Bill to be committed to a Committee of the whole House. A total of 8 days have been allocated for the next Committee stage of the Bill.