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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Will the hon. Gentleman give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: While I was briefly out of the Chamber, an announcement was made of a Government concession, but I have to say, it is too late. I am sorry, but you cannot treat the House in this fashion. My hon. Friend the Member for Eddisbury (Antoinette Sandbach) may agree with me that the best way of getting progress in this area is by moving amendment 7 and thereafter we can co-operate with the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Well, we have been promised a statute.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I am most grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. I think that he may misunderstand the position. The House will have an opportunity, at the time that it is asked to move a motion approving the deal, to express its view, but it will also have an opportunity to express its view during the passage of the statute. Both those are necessary pre-conditions constitutionally for our leaving the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Will my hon. Friend give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I am again most grateful to my hon. Friend for giving way. He will know—I touched on this in my comments—that when this issue was first raised, I suggested that one possibility might be to allow statutory instruments to be laid and voted on by this House prior to the enactment of the further statute, but not allow them to be brought into force until that further statute had been...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I want to understand this, because it is rather important. We are going to enact a withdrawal agreement Bill—I think that is what it is called. I would expect that to have statutory instrument powers—the very statutory instrument powers we can consider in relation to the scope of the withdrawal agreement when deciding what we then enact by secondary legislation to take us out. I...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I am entirely supportive of the intention behind this amendment, but being too much of a lawyer, I probably did not sign it because I realised the potential implications—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I see the Solicitor General nodding. However, the fact that it might have legal implications does not mean that it is not a very desirable objective.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: If they can justify it.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I am most grateful to my right hon. Friend for giving way again. In a sense, he unmasks my strategy. I have spent the whole time trying to be sotto voce about this, trying to get some common sense into the Government, which I have been unable to do. It is for that reason that, I very much regret, there really is no alternative to amendment 7. It may be inelegant—although I do not think...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I picked this amendment with some care, precisely because I wanted to avoid the suggestion that by tabling it I was trying to sabotage Brexit. I was trying to prevent the potentially abusive use of a power in clause 9 when the Government were saying that they were going to do something different. That was the purpose behind the amendment. It was also, if I might say so, to prod the Government...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: The Bill is unprecedented, because it is asking us, in the light of what the Government themselves say they are going to do, to sanction a power that undermines a further statute that the Government intend to pass, which should be the source of power for removing us from the EU.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: There will undoubtedly be an opportunity at the end of this process, if this House were so minded, to reject a deal. I have to say—my right hon. Friend may agree with me—that ultimately the House could bring this Government down, if it had to or wanted to do so. That is our constitutional ability. My right hon. Friend’s main point does not find favour with me, because the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I have been pleading with the Government throughout the past four weeks, pointing out to them that this is a really important amendment, and asking them please to respond to it. I have asked them what alternative they might have that could persuade me that they had a working proposal that should command the approval of the House and my own approval. I have been doing that repeatedly, and I...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: It would indeed be a remarkable outcome. Certainly, I think that Parliament ought to have a say. Those reasons highlight the difficulty of clause 9. There are other difficulties with the Bill, but clause 9 really has it. I want to bring my remarks to an end, and I simply say that I do want the Government to listen. The opportunity is here for them to accept the amendment and then to come...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I think that this does matter. If I understand the reason why the Government want this power, it is that, at the time when we may be considering the next statute, they will also be pushing through this House statutory instruments setting up structures for our departure from the EU that may be, or that we might consider to be, at variance with what we need in the fresh statute that we are...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I agree with the hon. Gentleman. I hope that I will be able to develop some of those points in a moment. As was rightly said by my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke), the Government had a notion when this debate started that it was possible to pull out of the European Union by use of the royal prerogative. Fortunately, time, common sense, debate and a small...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Implementing the withdrawal agreement (13 Dec 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Yes. If, indeed, we were leaving with nothing further to do, that might be a good point. But it seems to be a pretty universal view, even on the Government Benches—although this perhaps does not apply to my hon. Friend—that simply leaving to jump off the top of the tower block is not the best thing to do. Therefore, there will need to be primary legislation to implement the...


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