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Upcoming Business – Commons: Select Committee (25 Oct 2017)

Procedure: Exiting the European Union: scrutiny of delegated legislation. 2:45 pm; Room 16, Palace of Westminster
Witnesses: Rt Hon Keir Starmer MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union Valerie Vaz MP, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons Rt Hon Dominic Grieve QC MP Dr Ruth Fox, Director and Head of Research, Hansard Society Joel Blackwell, Senior Researcher, Hansard Society

EU Exit Negotiations (17 Oct 2017)

Keir Starmer: I thank the Secretary of State for advance sight of his statement. No one should underestimate the seriousness of the situation in which we find ourselves. At the first hurdle, the Government have failed to hit a very important target, which leaves EU citizens in the UK and UK citizens in Europe in a continued state of uncertainty. There is insufficient progress on Northern Ireland, and it...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I beg to move, to leave out from ‘That’ to the end of the Question and add ‘this House respects the EU referendum result and recognises that the UK will leave the EU, believes that insisting on proper scrutiny of this Bill and its proposed powers is the responsibility of this sovereign Parliament, recognises the need for considered and effective legislation to preserve...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I will make this point and then give way. Given that the clause is drawn so widely, one would expect an enhanced procedure or some other safeguards—surely not just ordinary old delegated legislation.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I will make this point and then give way to several hon. Members. What are the procedures? Are they enhanced? No. The opposite. Part 2 of schedule 7 deals with clause 9. It makes it clear that unless the delegated legislation creates a public authority, or the function of a public authority, affects a criminal offence or affects a power to make legislation, it is to be dealt with...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I have only just started.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I do, and I shall attempt to demonstrate that.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I will press on. I know that Members want to intervene, but I heard what you said, Mr Speaker, about the number of Members who want to make speeches. I will take interventions at intervals, if that is satisfactory to the House. Clause 7, “Dealing with deficiencies arising from withdrawal”, takes the same approach as clause 9, as does clause 8, “Complying with international...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I will complete this part of my presentation, if I may. What is the scope and extent of that legislative blank cheque? How many pieces of delegated legislation are we concerned with? As the Secretary of State said, the White Paper suggested that there would be between 800 and 1,000, the vast majority of which would be dealt with via the negative procedure route. I do not think that the White...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I will complete this point, and then I will give way. I was glad to see that the Prime Minister was here earlier. Yesterday, during Prime Minister’s Question Time, she told the House that “the approach”—the Government’s approach to the Bill— “has been endorsed by the House of Lords Constitution Committee.” —[Official Report, 6 September...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: When I have finished this point. As the Prime Minister and the Secretary of State will know, this morning the House of Lords published a further report on the Bill, which reached the following conclusion: “The executive powers conferred by the Bill are unprecedented and extraordinary and raise fundamental constitutional questions about the separation of powers between Parliament and...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I am grateful for that intervention.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I will give way to both the Members who have been trying to intervene.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: If it did not come under clause 9, it would certainly come under clause 17.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I give way, and I apologise for giving way to the two Members in the wrong order.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: It is not as if this point is being made for the first time today: these are the points that have been made since the White Paper was published—the moment we dealt with it. That was in March, the Bill was published in July, and there have been numerous reports since then, and I raised at the time the significant issues I am raising now, and there has been no move from the Government.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I am grateful for that intervention. It powerfully—

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I am on my feet answering the last intervention, which powerfully makes the point that this Bill is unprecedented in its scope. That is significant because the Secretary of State will point to some of the safeguards under the Bill for the exercise of some of these powers, but if delegated legislation can amend the Bill’s powers once enacted then notions of exit day, how far the...

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I am going to press on.

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (7 Sep 2017)

Keir Starmer: I am going to press on. Let me turn from parliamentary involvement to the protection of rights. Many rights and protections derived from the EU are protected in delegated legislation under the European Communities Act 1972. Because they are underpinned by EU provisions, they have enjoyed enhanced protection—44 years’ worth. They include some very important rights: the working time...


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