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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Committee Stage

My previous report European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Committee Stage 1-3 covered the first three debates in the House of Commons during the Committee Stage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. The next 5 debates were largely overshadowed with the “media excitement” generated by the possibility of the UK being allowed by the EU to discuss a future possible trading relationship between the UK and countries in the EU.

The debates were held

  • 4th sitting – 4th Dec 2017
  • 5th sitting – 6th Dec 2017
  • 6th sitting – 12th Dec 2017
  • 7th sitting – 13th Dec 2017
  • 8th sitting – 20th Dec 2017 (final)

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was considered and amended in a Committee of the whole House which was completed on Wednesday 20 December 2017.

Details for all the debates can be found on Parliament’s web-site at:

https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/europeanunionwithdrawal/stages.html

More than 500 amendments were considered for debate and a number of votes were taken during the proceedings.

New Clauses and Amendments considered in Committee of the whole House (excel spreadsheet).

An amendment by the Government to add the actual date and time of withdrawal from the EU to the Bill was accepted after a vote. This is defined as 29 March 2019 at 11.00 p.m.

The Government were only defeated following a vote to accept a proposed amendment by Dominic Grieve. Clause 9 allows the Government to use statutory instruments to implement the withdrawal agreement. This amendment requires Parliament to approve the final terms of the withdrawal agreement before the Government can implement the withdrawal agreement.

A Minister of the Crown may by regulations make such provision as the Minister considers appropriate for the purposes of implementing the withdrawal agreement if the Minister considers that such provision should be in force on or before exit day, subject to the prior enactment of a statute by Parliament approving the final terms of withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union.

Details of all the Committee Stages is summarised in an interesting article at the Institute for Government

EU Withdrawal Bill: amendments and debates

All the changes made to the original Bill are shown in the following document:

Version of the bill showing changes made in committee (pdf)

What happens next?

MP’s will next consider the Bill at Third Reading and Report Stage, known collectively as remaining stages. This will take place on Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 January 2018.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Committee Stage 1-3

The committee stage of the Bill to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and make other provision in connection with the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the EU ( European Union (Withdrawal) Bill) has begun in the House of Commons.

This process started on Tuesday 14 November (Day 1) then Wednesday 15th November (Day 2) and continued on Tuesday 21 November 2017 (Day 3). Further debate is scheduled for Monday 4 December (Day 4), Wednesday 6 December (Day 5), Tuesday 12 December (Day 6), and Wednesday 13 December (Day 7) with the conclusion of consideration in Committee taking place on Wednesday 20 December (Day 8).

All documents associated with the Bill can be found on the Parliament web-site at

https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/europeanunionwithdrawal/documents.html

Thus far, the bill has proceeded with no major amendments.

Complete details of the debates covering the first 3 sittings can be found at

https://services.parliament.uk/bills/2017-19/europeanunionwithdrawal/stages.html

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – Second reading

by Politicker

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

https://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CBP-8079

and the full report is available at

http://researchbriefings.files.parliament.uk/documents/CBP-8079/CBP-8079.pdf (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:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/david-davis-opening-statement-at-the-second-reading-of-the-repeal-bill

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.

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