Another week of defeats for the Government in the House of Lords

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.

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Malene Bratlie
Lords defeat the Government on fundamental rights & enhanced scrutiny

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 standards

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Malene Bratlie
What next for the EU (Withdrawal) Bill

Now that more than 64 hours of the Committee stage for the WithdrawalBill is over, the Repeal Bill Alliance looks at what’s ahead for the bill in 2018. During Committee stage, we have been keeping a close eye on the concessions made by the Government, clickhere for an overview. 

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Malene Bratlie
Recap of devolution debates & preparing for the crucial weeks ahead

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.
 

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Malene Bratlie
Committee Stage Day 2- Update from the Alliance

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. 
 

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Malene Bratlie