Last day of Report Stage of the Withdrawal Bill took place on Tuesday - which saw another four Government defeats from the Lords- making it fourteen in total. Unless significantly amended at Third Reading (16th May), the bill that will return to the Commons looks very different to when it first entered the House of LordsRead More
This has been another week of defeats for the Government in the House of Lords- making it 10 in total. There are still opportunities to inflict further defeats on the Government on Tuesday 8th May (final day of Report) when amendments 95 and 99 that remove the time and date of exit day plus amendments on scrutiny and delegated legislation will be debated.Read More
Yesterday saw the first Government defeat in the Lords as peers accepted a cross-party amendment to restrict ministers from weakening fundamental protections like employment, equality rights and environmental standards. We urged peers to support this amendment in our briefing ahead of Report, and alliance members have played a crucial role in advocating for rights, protections and parliamentary scrutiny. Well done to peers from all parties, who refused to accept the Government handing itself unlimited powers that threaten our rights and standardsRead More
Report Stage of the bill are 16th and 17th January and will be the final chance for the Government to follow through on promises made during Committee Stage.Below we explore latest updates on devolution, the Charter, new Government amendments and what the cabinet reshuffle means for the bill.Read More
When the EU Withdrawal Bill was first introduced, it looked as if it was the sweeping powers handed to ministers which would be the most contentious issue among MPs. However, what Committee Stage day 4 and 5 for the has shown is that the question of how the devolution settlements are protected and upheld in the bill is absolutely crucial among MPs, across party lines. Against the backdrop of the Irish border question in the Brexit negotiations, the debates proved even more important and constitutionally challenging than initially expected.
Big days for devolution are coming up next week, as the Withdrawal Bill returns to the Commons for Committee Stage day 4 and 5. On the 4th and 6th of December, MPs will debate the bill’s approach to the legislative competence of the devolved administrations and the Good Friday Agreement.Read More
Our latest E: Bulletin explains what will go down on Day 3 of Committee Stage & why MPs must vote to keep the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.Read More
The second day of Committee Stage saw the Government continue to win the vote but the vote margin (on both amendments and new clauses) is reducing. New clauses and amendments which relate to clauses 2, 3 and 4 were debated - Clauses 2 and 3 convert EU obligations and law; clause 4 ensures that any remaining EU rights and obligations that do not fall within clause 2 and 3 are recognised and available after exit day.