2nd Day

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) Bill – in the House of Commons at 5:44 pm on 11th September 2017.

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Photo of Chris Bryant Chris Bryant Labour, Rhondda 5:44 pm, 11th September 2017

I am perfectly aware of all the measures in schedule 7, but I merely point out to the right hon. Gentleman that, since the Bill itself can be changed by the Government, that is one of the elements the Government can change. What happens, even under the affirmative process—this is the problem with secondary legislation—is that, because there is no opportunity to amend, the Government will say, “Take it or leave it”. They will then suddenly say, “There is a real emergency and you’ve got to take it, because otherwise there will be chaos.” That is the sword of Damocles that Governments always hold over Parliament when a clause hands matters over to secondary legislation.