European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill

by Politicker

After taking over control of the business in the House of Commons from the Government, a Bill was presented by MPs to stop Brexit happening on the 31 October 2019.

The Speaker of the House curtailed questions about the Spending Round 2019 presented by the Chancellor of the Exchequer in order for the Bill to be presented.

The Bill, European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 6) Bill was presented by Hilary Benn supported by Alistair Burt, Philip Hammond, David Gauke, Tom Brake, Stephen Gethins, Jonathon Edwards, Joan Ryan, Caroline Lucas, Chris Bryant, Stephen Doughty and Nick Boles.

In brief, the Bill is looking to prevent the UK leaving on the 31 October 2019 unless

  • there is a deal agreed between the UK and the EU which has been approved by MPs,
  • or

  • MPs have agreed to leave without a deal.
  • If either of these conditions are not met, the Prime Mister will be forced to ask for an extension under Article 50(3) to 31 January 2020, by sending the following letter to the President of the European Council

    It is intended to rush this Bill through the House of Commons with little time to consider the Bill in detail. 4 hours have been allocated to push the 1st, 2nd and 3rd readings of the Bill through the House of Commons. As Judical Reviews seem to be a popular approach used by MPs and others regarding Government Business, is there a possibility that a Judicial Review of this legislation might be called for, considering the limited amount allocated for debate ?

    An interesting comment made by Nick Boles during the Speakers Statement at 2:55pm (see Hansard) appeared to indicate that Twitter is the medium to use if MPs want to obtain early copies of Bills to be presented to the House.

    Details of the Bill are available from

    https://services.parliament.uk/Bills/2017-19/europeanunionwithdrawalno6.html

    the Bill is available at

    http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/2017-2019/0433/Bill 433 2017-19, as introduced PDF version

    and there is a copy at

    EU_Withdrawal_Bill_6

    A number of amendments were proposed and these can be found at

    https://services.parliament.uk/Bills/2017-19/europeanunionwithdrawalno6/documents.html

    The Bill passed its First Reading at around 3:00pm without a debate.

    The Second reading of the Bill started at 3:13pm and concluded at 5:00pm

    The Bill passed its Second Reading following a vote by MPs with the result 329 in favour and 300 votes against and entered the Committee Stage.

    Details of the vote at the second reading can be found at

    https://hansard.parliament.uk/Commons/2019-09-04/division/B56139EF-0D26-4033-951E-73BEDE2E3E9E/EuropeanUnion(Withdrawal)(No6)Bill?outputType=Names

    The Committee Stage began around 5:21 and a number of amendments debated.

    The only amendment accepted, proposed by Stephen Kinock and others, brings back Theresa May’s Withdrawal Agreement (the existing 585 page EU Withdrawal Agreement) combined with the results of cross party talks held with the Government in May 2019, relating to the Future Relationship with the EU as the basis of a new Withdrawal Bill. ( voting on Theresa Mays original Withdrawal Agreement for the 4th time – would it be allowed by the Speaker ? )

    The Bill passed its Third Reading following a vote that was 327 votes in favour with 299 against.

    The passage of the Bill through the House of Commons was thus concluded at 7:30 pm after a total time spent in consideration of 270 minutes.

    The Bill will now pass to the House of Lords for consideration.