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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: It may well be that this comes from the European Communities Act, but I still find the word “allowed” very difficult to understand in this context, in view of the plain meaning of subsection (1)(a). As one of the questions that we have perpetually raised is that our own domestic courts will have to sort this tangle out, I am concerned about any form of drafting that appears to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Has the hon. Gentleman given any consideration to what the words “enforced, allowed, and followed accordingly” are supposed to mean? I confess that, on reading clause 4 1(b), I found it very difficult to understand what the Government intended.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: EU Protocol on animal sentience (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: That brings me neatly to the question as to what it means that a right should be “allowed” immediately before exit day. It seems that that word particularly, of those three, “enforced, allowed and followed”, is astonishingly opaque.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I have been listening carefully to what my hon. and learned Friend has been saying. Again, there seems to be an overlap. There are issues about how Parliament conducts scrutiny, as my right hon. Friend the Member for West Dorset (Sir Oliver Letwin) has mentioned. That is also covered in proposed new subsection (3) of my new clause 55. There is also the question about modifications to some...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Will my hon. and learned Friend give way?

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: Yes, indeed: the Conservative party did precisely that. There is a proud record in the Conservative party—as, indeed, there is in the Opposition—of contribution to that process. I make it quite clear that I do not put the smallest imputation that those on the Treasury Bench, or on any of my colleagues in government, want to reduce those protections one bit.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I understand where my hon. Friend comes from, in view of his long-held concerns about these issues. But I ask him to consider the fact that one consequence of our EU membership—I have to accept this—is that in some areas in which law might have developed domestically, it has not done so in the 45 years of our membership, because we did it in common with our European partners. That...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I read the right hon. Gentleman’s new clauses, and I can understand where he is coming from. If one looks at the totality of the amendments and new clauses in today’s debate, one sees that they are all trying to do, roughly speaking, much the same thing. The question is not the exact route that is adopted, but how the Government respond to that challenge. I do not want to take up...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I understand my right hon. Friend’s point, but I wonder whether we are in danger of straying into another topic. There is an issue about the operation of the mechanism for implementing the changes and taking us out of the EU. I keep confidently hoping that the Government will be able to respond positively to that by having an adequate sifting mechanism for Parliament. Even when that...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I agree entirely with my hon. Friend. If we are to have a deep and special relationship, it is inconceivable that we could dilute the rights that have been created.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I will give way, but then I want to bring my remarks to an end.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I do not think I am quite as apocalyptic as the hon. Gentleman, because I happen to think that, as my right hon. and learned Friend the Member for Rushcliffe (Mr Clarke) said in his speech yesterday, the idea that the UK suddenly wishes to translate itself into a country of no regulation and no protection at all is fanciful. I have never seen the smallest sign of that from any section of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I give way for the last time, because I really want to bring my remarks to an end.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: The right hon. Gentleman makes an important and interesting point, to which I have no doubt the Government will respond. As I have said, however, I do not wish to be prescriptive. I want an assurance from the Government that this matter is being looked at, and that it cannot really be divorced from some of the things we will look at next week, or whenever the Committee sits again. My desire...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: It is a pleasure again to be able to participate in this debate. The new clause in the name of the Leader of the Opposition raises a really important issue about the way in which the Government have approached the whole question of retained EU law. To be clear at the outset, and it is worth repeating, the Government’s aim—to bring EU law into our own law, retain it there to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I understand that that is why my hon. Friend thinks we should go. As he knows, I personally think that in the globalised world in which we operate, as we mentioned yesterday, the notion that the only source of law is likely to be the domestic Parliament of one’s country is rather fanciful, given that we are currently subordinate or have signed up cheerfully to all sorts of areas of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I fully appreciate that my hon. Friend has a great distaste for the way in which this law has been imported into our country during the course of our membership of the EU. However, two wrongs do not make a right. He could profitably look at the prolonged period of time it is going to take to replace all this law—five years, 10 years, 20 years, 30 years? I would be prepared to have a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: My right hon. and learned Friend is entirely correct. If I may explain, I was simply attempting—although I sometimes find it quite difficult—to put myself into the position of my hon. Friend the Member for North East Somerset (Mr Rees-Mogg), who had explained his distaste. Having done so, I was trying to explain why he should still be concerned. I could not agree more with my...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: I do. I entirely accept that it is within the wit and ability of this House in future to replicate, if we so desire, many areas of law that currently come from the EU, but at the moment we do not have time to do that. We are taking in law that really matters to people out in the street. I suspect that the vast majority will have no idea where this law originates from; they will just say,...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Retaining Enhanced Protection (15 Nov 2017)

Dominic Grieve: No, I will carry on for the moment and then give way. People will value that law, and yet we are bringing it in and giving it a status that I regard as very unsatisfactory. There are a number of ways in which that could be addressed, including new clause 2, which has been tabled by the Opposition. I have tabled new clause 55, which I will briefly explain. It looks at the nature of retained EU...


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