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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

David Lidington: I will give way briefly to the hon. Lady, who has not made a speech in this debate.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

David Lidington: Parties have all been briefed on the Government’s position and therefore have had the opportunity to put forward their points of view. Obviously, in the absence of a functioning Assembly and Executive in Northern Ireland, we have regular contact with the civil service authorities in Northern Ireland, which are maintaining the administration of Northern Ireland in accordance with...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

David Lidington: The hon. Lady and I have known each other for a long time, and having now had overall responsibility for intergovernmental relations and devolution in the United Kingdom for seven days, I am happy to undertake to make it a priority to have that conversation with her to ensure that her views are properly heard. Government amendments 26 and 27 will replace the current requirements for devolved...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

David Lidington: The hon. Gentleman will forgive me, but there are a lot of amendments in this group and I want to try to do justice to them. Government amendments 25, 28 and 29 tackle a technical but important issue by allowing the devolved Administrations to use the powers conferred on them by schedule 2 to modify directly retained EU legislation in areas where a common framework is not needed. While we...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

David Lidington: I agree with my hon. Friend. Let me turn to the amendments from the hon. and learned Member for Edinburgh South West (Joanna Cherry), who again raised the important debate between “necessary” and “appropriate” provisions made under the Bill. Members will not be surprised to know that “necessary” is a very strict legal test. It could be interpreted by a...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: Corresponding powers involving devolved authorities (16 Jan 2018)

David Lidington: The debate has been lively and has ranged quite widely over various aspects of the impact of this country’s withdrawal from the European Union on the devolution settlements. I therefore want to make it clear from the start that the Government’s expectation and intention are that the return of competences from the European Union will result in a very significant addition to the...


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