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Notices of Amendments

 

given on

 

Wednesday 2 March 2011

 

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Consideration of Bill


 

European Union Bill, As Amended

 

Certain decisions under Article 312 of TFEU requiring approval by Act and by

 

referendum

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

NC4

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A Minister of the Crown may not vote in favour of or otherwise support a decision

 

to which this subsection applies unless—

 

(a)    

the draft decision is approved by Act of Parliament, and

 

(b)    

the referendum condition is met.

 

(2)    

The referendum condition is that set out in section 3(2), with references to a

 

decision being read for the purposes of subsection (1) as references to a draft

 

decision.

 

(3)    

Subject to subsection (6), subsection (1) applies to a decision under Article 312(2)

 

of TFEU to adopt a regulation laying down the first multiannual financial

 

framework of the European Union for the period following 2013, where that

 

multiannual financial framework would include—

 

(a)    

an initial annual ceiling on total EU payment appropriations that was

 

higher than the ceiling on total EU payment appropriations for 2013 in

 

the multiannual financial framework covering 2013, taking account of an

 

adjustment of the 2013 ceiling for inflation,

 

(b)    

subsequent annual ceilings on total EU payment appropriations, some or

 

all of which increased from the previous year, or could increase from the

 

previous year without revision of the multiannual financial framework

 

through the procedure laid down in Article 312(2) of TFEU, by more than

 

an adjustment for inflation,

 

(c)    

an initial annual ceiling on total EU commitment appropriations that was

 

not lower than the ceiling on total EU commitment appropriations for

 

2013 in the multiannual financial framework covering 2013, taking

 

account of an adjustment of the 2013 ceiling for inflation, or


 
 

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(d)    

subsequent annual ceilings on total EU commitment appropriations,

 

some or all of which were at least as high as the previous year’s ceiling

 

adjusted for inflation, or could be at least as high as the previous year’s

 

ceiling adjusted for inflation without revision of the multiannual

 

financial framework through the procedure laid down in Article 312(2)

 

of TFEU.

 

(4)    

For the purposes of subsection (3), the only relevant adjustments for inflation are

 

those used by the EU for the figures involved.

 

(5)    

Subject to subsection (6), subsection (1) also applies to a decision under Article

 

312(2) of TFEU to adopt a regulation revising the first multiannual financial

 

framework of the European Union for the period following 2013, where that

 

regulation would cause the multiannual financial framework to include provision

 

identified in subsection (3) when the framework had not done so before.

 

(6)    

Inclusion of provision to enable EU payment or commitment appropriations to be

 

reallocated between the annual ceilings of the same type of appropriation in a

 

multiannual financial framework does not of itself cause a regulation laying down

 

or revising a multiannual financial framework to fall under subsection (1).’.

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

5

 

Page  9,  line  3  [Clause  10],  leave out subsection (2).

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

6

 

Page  4,  line  43  [Clause  6],  at end insert—

 

‘(2A)    

A Minister of the Crown may not confirm the approval by the United Kingdom

 

of a decision under the provision of Article 218(8) of TFEU for the accession of

 

the European Union to the European Convention for the Protection of Human

 

Rights and Fundamental Freedoms in accordance with Article 6(2) of TEU

 

unless—

 

(a)    

the decision is approved by Act of Parliament, and

 

(b)    

the referendum condition is met.’.

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

7

 

Page  6,  line  39  [Clause  7],  at end add—

 

‘(i)    

a decision under Article 312(2) of TFEU to adopt a regulation laying

 

down or revising the multiannual financial framework of the European

 

Union, unless the decision falls under section (Certain decisions under

 

Article 312 of TFEU requiring approval by Act and by referendum).’.

 

Certain decisions under Article 311 of TFEU

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

NC5

 

To move the following Clause:—

 

‘(1)    

A Minister of the Crown may not confirm the approval by the United Kingdom

 

of a decision to which this subsection applies unless—

 

(a)    

the decision is approved by Act of Parliament, and

 

(b)    

the referendum condition or the exemption condition is met.

 

(2)    

Subsection (1) applies to a decision under the third paragraph of Article 311 of

 

TFEU to adopt a decision laying down provisions relating to the system of own


 
 

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resources of the European Union, where the decision adopted contains provision

 

for payment to the EU as own resources, without the need for a further decision

 

under the third paragraph of Article 311 of TFEU, of some or all of the revenues

 

from a tax or other levy on natural or non-State legal persons that is established

 

or which may be established by EU law (including by that decision).

 

(3)    

The referendum condition is that set out in section 3(2).

 

(4)    

Subject to subsection (5), the exemption condition is that the Act providing for

 

the approval of the decision states that—

 

(a)    

under the provisions relating to the system of own resources of the

 

European Union in force at that time, revenues from the tax or other levy

 

referred to in subsection (2), or from a tax or other levy that is very

 

similar and which is established or may be established by EU law, are

 

already paid in whole or part to the EU as own resources or may be paid

 

in whole or part to the EU as own resources without a further decision

 

under the third paragraph of Article 311 of TFEU, and

 

(b)    

the adopted decision to which the decision relates does not contain

 

provision that is likely to require or allow a significant increase in the

 

amount or proportion of revenue obtained in the United Kingdom in any

 

one year from the tax or other levy referred to in subsection (2) that is or

 

may be paid to the EU as own resources, compared to that required or

 

allowed by the provisions relating to the system of own resources of the

 

European Union in force at that time.

 

(5)    

Where a statement as per subsection 4(a) is made that revenues from a very

 

similar tax or other levy to the tax or other levy referred to in subsection (2) are

 

or may already be paid in whole or part to the EU as own resources, the statement

 

for the purposes of subsection 4(b) may state that the adopted decision to which

 

the decision relates does not contain provision that is likely to require or allow to

 

be paid to the EU as own resources an amount or proportion of revenue obtained

 

in the United Kingdom in any one year from the tax or other levy referred to in

 

subsection (2) that is significantly greater than the amount or proportion of

 

revenue obtained in the United Kingdom in any one year from the very similar

 

tax or other levy required or allowed to be paid to the EU as own resources by the

 

provisions relating to the system of own resources of the European Union in force

 

at that time.’.

 

Chris Heaton-Harris

 

8

 

Page  6,  line  21  [Clause  7],  after ‘Union’, insert ‘, unless the decision falls under

 

section (Certain decisions under Article 311 of TFEU)’.

 


 
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