Constitution Committee launches Inquiry into EU (Withdrawal) Bill

On 7 September 2017, the House of Lords Select Committee on the Constitution announced that it is conducting an inquiry into the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

The Constitution Committee is expected to launch a Call for Evidence shortly, inviting written and oral submissions on the Bill, which seeks to avert legal uncertainty by transferring EU law into UK law prior to repealing the European Communities Act (1972).

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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Interim Report Published

The Constitution Committee has also published its new interim report on the Bill, criticizing the “unprecedented transfer of powers from Parliament to Government”.

Its recommendations state that “the multiple uncertainties and ambiguities currently contained within the Bill raise fundamental concerns from a rule of law perspective.

That the powers granted to Ministers under the Bill must only be used to make the necessary technical changes to adapt EU law to function after Brexit. They must not be able to be used to implement policy decisions..

That Parliamentary procedures must ensure that delegated legislation which contains significant policy decisions is subject to meaningful scrutiny by Parliament.”

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