An overview of the attempts of the Joint Ministerial Committee on European Negotiations to agree changes to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill to gain legislative consent from the Scottish Parliament and National Assembly for Wales.Jump to full report >>
The UK Government introduced its European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (2017-19) (EUW Bill) on 13 July 2017. As introduced, the Bill makes significant changes to the legislative and executive competencies of devolved institutions.
The Scottish and Welsh Governments oppose the Bill as it was introduced. Each lodged a legislative consent memorandum to their respective devolved legislatures. There were four main categories of concern about the effect the EUW Bill would have on the devolution settlements. In particular they opposed:
The preliminary view of both Governments was that neither the Scottish Parliament nor the National Assembly for Wales should grant legislative consent for the EUW Bill. The Scottish and Welsh Government published a series of amendments they wished to make to the Bill. If those (or equivalent) amendments were accepted, they said, they would revisit their preliminary recommendation.
This paper provides a summary of the intergovernmental and legislative developments in relation to this ongoing dispute. It explains what progress has been made in attempts to find agreement on the clauses in the EUW Bill about which the UK and devolved Governments disagree. It addresses:
Commons Briefing papers CBP-8275
Author: Graeme Cowie