|Author (Corporate)||United Kingdom: Parliament|
|Publisher||United Kingdom: Parliament|
|Content Type||Policy-making, Report|
The programme was dominated by proposed legislation dealing with the United Kingdom's planned leaving of the European Union. Eight of the twenty seven bills to be introduced were connected with Brexit.
+ European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (introduced on the 13 July 2017)
Even though the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was introduced in July 2017 parliamentary scrutiny in practice only began in the autumn of 2017 after the summer break. Opposition parties, human rights groups and the leaders of Scotland and Wales criticised aspects of the bill and suggested they would call for substantive amendments.
During the Committee Stage of the Bill in November and December 2017 the House of Commons Library produced a series of Research Briefings on aspects / articles of the Bill:
+ The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Clause 7 'the correcting power'
Linked politically but separately the UK Government had announced on the 13 November 2017 a new Bill to enshrine the Withdrawal Agreement between the UK and the EU in domestic law.
The Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill would give legal standing to separation from the EU.
It would confirm that the major policies set out in the Withdrawal Agreement would be directly implemented into domestic law by primary legislation – not by secondary legislation under the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. This would allow for Parliamentary scrutiny and oversight of the process.This ESO record provides information associated with the Committee Stage on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-2019 in the House of Commons between the 14-15 and 21 November 2017 + 4, 6, 12, 13 and 20 December 2017.
To follow the progress of the bill throughout parliament click here.
One notable development took place on the 13 December 2017 when the Government suffered its first defeat in the House of Commons on the Bill as Members of Parliament, included twelve Conservative MPs, voted on an amendment to give Parliament a right to a meaningful vote on the Brexit deal.
The House of Commons agreed a proposal that the final Brexit deal had to be approved in a new law passed by Parliament. MPs voted 309 to 305 to approve Amendment 7 on Clause 9 of the Bill on the 13 December 2017.
|Countries / Regions||United Kingdom|