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Amendment 4

Part of European Union (Withdrawal) (No. 5) Bill - Committee – in the House of Lords at 3:13 pm on 8th April 2019.

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Photo of Baroness Noakes Baroness Noakes Conservative 3:13 pm, 8th April 2019

My Lords, I support my noble friend’s amendment for two reasons. First, this remains a wretched Bill, taking power away from the Government and their ability to use the royal prerogative. Therefore, I would support any restriction on that measure being put into the Bill. Secondly, I support the points made by my noble friend in respect of the financial impact of different variants of a delay in leaving the EU. The fact that the Bill was not treated as a money Bill in the other place is beyond my comprehension, as is the fact that my noble friend was unable to table an amendment explicitly calling for an impact assessment or something else—but the ways of the Public Bill Office are strange on occasion. I support my noble friend.