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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

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European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I am currently going through the list of amendments and setting out the Government’s position on them. When it comes to looking at the Bill, the Government will listen to those who seek to improve it constructively. We are in Committee at the moment, and we have amendments and legislative consent memorandums that have been tabled by the Welsh and the Scottish Governments. The...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I have given way to the hon. Gentleman several times; I will not do so again.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: No, I am afraid that the hon. Gentleman came in relatively late. I have given way to him several times. I am making my point in response to the amendment, which he does not even want to listen to. The point is that there is a reasonableness test: the UK Government are determined to be the reasonable partner, but we will listen to anyone who puts forward amendments to the Bill and who is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I have already stated that the Government are prepared to listen to all those who seek to improve the Bill. We will use this opportunity to reflect on all the speeches made by hon. Members in Committee; that is what Committee is for. I have stated a commitment to ensuring that the content of today’s debate is shared with all members of the JMC (EN) on 12 December. There is a process to...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: We have always made it clear that we stand ready to listen to those who offer improvements to the Bill. Engagement at all levels of government—[Interruption.] The hon. Gentleman does not want to listen to what I have to say. He wants me to accept an amendment; I have given way several times, yet he is not prepared to listen to what the Minister has to say. Engagement at all levels of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The work on the common frameworks that clause 11 addresses points to the fact that we are keenly working with the devolved Administrations on drawing up those frameworks. We have an absolute commitment to ensuring that we can look at the principles that were agreed between our Governments on 16 October and that explicitly recognise that frameworks will not be needed in many of the areas...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: A bit of a wasted intervention. I am here to talk about clause 11. I do not know whether the hon. Gentleman has read the clause, but he came in slightly late.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The hon. Gentleman is very kind, but we are discussing the effect of clause 11 and schedule 3 —that is the purpose of Committee.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I have already given way. We want to build momentum over the coming months in the continued bilateral and multilateral discussions between Ministers and officials. Let me be clear that the Government are the party committed to devolution. Our record shows that, and we will continue to press on with devolution. Working through these frameworks is part of that, but we also want to protect the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: No. I am grateful to hon. Members for raising important points of detail on the ongoing framework process. They are right to acknowledge that work has been done today on agreeing the guiding principles for the future frameworks, and that the further analysis is the product of the ongoing engagement between officials and Ministers in the UK Government and the devolved Administrations. Of...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I do not disagree with what the hon. Lady says. It is important to note that, when it comes to the common frameworks procedure, the communiqué agreed on 16 October states: “Frameworks will ensure recognition of the economic and social linkages between Northern Ireland and Ireland and that Northern Ireland will be the only part of the UK that shares a land frontier with the EU....

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: As I stated at the opening of my remarks, and as I will state throughout my speech and at the end of my remarks, we are open to hearing from those who seriously want to look at this Bill and consider how we productively ensure that our statute book is complete as on exit day. We are in a Committee stage at the moment and there is a process to go through here, and there is a process outside...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I am discussing whether the clause should stand part of the Bill and I am about to turn to the hon. Gentleman’s amendments. I hope that he can wait in eager anticipation for my remarks and that he will not be disappointed, although he may be. I reiterate that I welcome scrutiny by the House on the approach that the Government have taken. As I said, I also welcome the vital contributions...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: As I set out clearly at the beginning of my speech, when current EU law—which it is the UK’s position not to breach—is transferred to become retained EU law, we need to look at the areas where we need to create common frameworks. That is the position that the hon. Gentleman’s own Brexit Minister, Mike Russell, has taken. Mike Russell signed the communiqué and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The issue around placing a sunset clause on this provision is that, in a way, it creates an artificial cliff edge. The sole purpose of clause 11 is to ensure that the UK statute book is complete on exit day. We want to ensure that we work towards common frameworks, and that we can ensure that, when we have that statute book prepared for exit day, we have common frameworks and non-common...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: I have listened for six hours to the concerns of Members, but outside this Chamber there is an entire process that I want to touch on later in my speech, and which I hope the hon. Gentleman will reflect upon. There might be hostility in this Chamber from those who say that the Government are somehow taking clause 11 and ripping up the devolution settlement, but that is hyperbole. Clause 11 is...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: No, not at the moment. There are no powers that the devolved Administrations currently have that they will be losing. We have therefore had tremendous engagement on the framework that we are delivering, and I will touch on that engagement shortly. In particular, in the JMC (EN) process there has been huge good will from the colleagues of the hon. Member for Perth and North Perthshire (Pete...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: The hon. Gentleman points to the word “temporary”, and I repeat that this is a temporary competence limit—[Interruption.] He wants to know how long temporary is. It is as long as it takes to ensure that we have a complete statute book that is in the interests of continuity, certainty and control for UK businesses. We want to ensure that we have time to be able to correct the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: “Creation of UK-wide frameworks (4 Dec 2017)

Chris Skidmore: No, I have given way a lot—[Interruption.] I am going to carry on with my speech otherwise I will not get through it. Other Members want to speak, and although I could stand here and take up all the rest of the time, I think it would be inappropriate to do so. The Order in Council procedure will provide an opportunity for those powers to be returned to the devolved Administrations. This...


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