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17

 

House of Commons

 
 

Wednesday 17 July 2013

 

Public Bill Committee

 

European Union (Referendum) Bill


 

James Wharton

 

That the European Union (Referendum) Bill Committee do meet on Tuesdays at

 

2.00  pm and Wednesdays at 8.55 pm and 2.00 pm on days when the House is sitting.

 


 

Emma Reynolds

 

30

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  2,  leave out ‘is to’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

1

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  2,  after ‘on’, insert ‘the terms of’.

 

Emma Reynolds

 

31

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  3,  at end insert ‘if there is a further transfer of power from the

 

United Kingdom to the European Union’.

 

Emma Reynolds

 

32

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  3,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

A transfer of power is defined in Schedule 1.’.

 

Emma Reynolds

 

33

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out subsection (2).

 

Mike Gapes

 

Martin Horwood

 

2

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘on a date

 

to be determined’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 17 July 2013                     

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European Union (Referendum) Bill, continued

 
 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

3

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘on a date

 

to be determined by a Royal Commission on the future of the United Kingdom in Europe’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

4

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘on 22

 

May 2014’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

5

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘on 6 May

 

2015’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

6

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘before 31

 

December 2014’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

7

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘before 31

 

December 2015’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

8

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘before 31

 

December 2016’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

9

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘before 1

 

July 2017’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

10

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘before 31

 

December 2018’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 17 July 2013                     

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European Union (Referendum) Bill, continued

 
 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

11

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘before 31

 

December 2019’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

12

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘on the

 

date of the General Election in May 2020’.

 

Emma Reynolds

 

35

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out ‘Secretary of State’ and insert ‘Prime Minister’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

13

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out from ‘shall’ to end of line 6 and insert ‘establish

 

a Royal Commission to consider the arrangements for and timing of the referendum and

 

recommend the date or dates on which the referendum is to be held.

 

(3A)    

The Royal Commission established under section 1(3) is to report to the Secretary

 

of State within 24 months of its establishment.

 

(3B)    

The Secretary of State shall introduce legislation to enact recommendations of the

 

Royal Commission.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

28

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out from ‘shall’ to end of line 6 and insert ‘establish

 

a Royal Commission to consider the arrangements for and timing of the referendum and

 

recommend the date or dates on which the referendum is to be held.

 

(3A)    

The Royal Commission established under section 1(3) is to report to the Secretary

 

of State within 18 months of its establishment.

 

(3B)    

The Secretary of State shall introduce legislation to enact recommendations of the

 

Royal Commission.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

29

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out from ‘shall’ to end of line 6 and insert ‘establish

 

a Royal Commission to consider the arrangements for and timing of the referendum and

 

recommend the date or dates on which the referendum is to be held.

 

(3A)    

The Royal Commission established under section 1(3) is to report to the Secretary

 

of State within 12 months of its establishment.

 

(3B)    

The Secretary of State shall introduce legislation to enact recommendations of the

 

Royal Commission.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 17 July 2013                     

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European Union (Referendum) Bill, continued

 
 

Emma Reynolds

 

34

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out ‘, and before 31 December 2016,’.

 

Emma Reynolds

 

36

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Secretary of State shall appoint the date on which the referendum is to be held

 

at least 28 weeks in advance of the proposed polling day.’.

 

Emma Reynolds

 

37

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  7,  after first ‘The’, insert ‘only’.

 

Emma Reynolds

 

38

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  leave out lines 8 and 9 and insert ‘“Should the United Kingdom

 

remain a member of the European Union?”’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

14

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  leave out ‘should be’ and insert ‘should remain’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Jim Dowd

 

Mr Barry Sheerman

 

16

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  8,  leave out ‘be a member of’ and insert ‘leave’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

17

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  leave out ‘be a member of the European Union’ and insert

 

‘join the Schengen Agreement’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

18

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  leave out ‘be a member of the European Union’ and insert

 

‘join the European single currency’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

15

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  9,  after ‘a’, insert ‘full’.

 

Emma Reynolds

 

39

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end insert ‘under the super affirmative resolution

 

procedure set out in Schedule 2.’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 17 July 2013                     

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European Union (Referendum) Bill, continued

 
 

Emma Reynolds

 

40

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(7)    

The Secretary of State shall consult with the Electoral Commission before

 

making an order under subsection 6.’.

 


 

Mike Gapes

 

Martin Horwood

 

19

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out ‘and’ and insert—

 

‘(aa)    

Persons who are legally resident in the United Kingdom, and’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Martin Horwood

 

20

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out ‘and’ and insert—

 

‘(aa)    

Persons over the age of 16 who are legally resident in the United

 

Kingdom, and’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Martin Horwood

 

21

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out ‘and’ and insert—

 

‘(aa)    

All persons who are legally entitled to vote as electors in a European

 

Parliamentary election, and’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Martin Horwood

 

22

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out ‘and’ and insert—

 

‘(aa)    

All persons who are legally entitled to vote as electors at a local election,

 

and’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Martin Horwood

 

23

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out ‘and’ and insert—

 

‘(aa)    

All British citizens resident in any of the member states of the European

 

Union, and’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Martin Horwood

 

24

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out ‘and’ and insert—

 

‘(aa)    

All British citizens over the age of 16 resident in any country in the

 

world, and’.


 
 

Public Bill Committee: 17 July 2013                     

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European Union (Referendum) Bill, continued

 
 

Mike Gapes

 

Martin Horwood

 

25

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out ‘and’ and insert—

 

‘(aa)    

All British citizens over the age of 16 resident in any of the member states

 

of the European Union, and’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

Martin Horwood

 

26

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  leave out ‘and’ and insert ‘citizens of Gibraltar, and’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

27

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  19,  after ‘being’, insert ‘prisoners or’.

 


 

New Schedules

 

Emma Reynolds

 

NS1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Transfer of powers

 

1          

Subject to section 1(A), a “transfer of power” involves one or more of the

 

following—

 

(a)    

the extension of the objectives of the EU as set out in Article 3 of the

 

Treaty on European Union;

 

(b)    

the conferring on the EU of a new exclusive competence;

 

(c)    

the extension of an exclusive competence of the EU;

 

(d)    

the conferring on the EU of a new competence shared with the member

 

states;

 

(e)    

the extension of any competence of the EU that is shared with the

 

member states;

 

(f)    

the extension of the competence of the EU in relation to—

 

(i)    

the co-ordination of economic and employment policies, or

 

(ii)    

common foreign and security policy;

 

(g)    

the conferring on the EU of a new competence to carry out actions to

 

support, co-ordinate or supplement the actions of member states;

 

(h)    

the extension of a supporting, co-ordinating or supplementing

 

competence of the EU;

 

(i)    

the conferring on an EU institution or body of power to impose a

 

requirement or obligation on the United Kingdom, or the removal of

 

any limitation on any such power of an EU institution or body;

 

(j)    

the conferring on an EU institution or body of new or extended power

 

to impose sanctions on the United Kingdom;

 

(k)    

any amendment of a provision listed in Schedule 1 that removes a

 

requirement that anything should be done unanimously, by consensus

 

or by common accord;


 
 

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European Union (Referendum) Bill, continued

 
 

(l)    

any amendment of Article 31(2) of the Treaty on European Union

 

(decisions relating to common foreign and security policy to which

 

qualified majority voting applies) that removes or amends the

 

provision enabling a member of the Council to oppose the adoption of

 

a decision to be taken by qualified majority voting;

 

(m)    

any amendment of any of the provisions specified in paragraph 3 that

 

removes or amends the provision enabling a member of the Council,

 

in relation to a draft legislative act, to ensure the suspension of the

 

ordinary legislative procedure.

 

2          

A transfer of power also includes a reference to the removal of a limitation on

 

a competence.

 

3          

The provisions referred to in paragraph 1(m) are—

 

(a)    

Article 48 of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

 

(social security),

 

(b)    

Article 82(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

 

(judicial co-operation in criminal matters), and

 

(c)    

Article 83(3) of the Treaty on the Functioning of the European Union

 

(particularly serious crime with a cross-border dimension).

 

4          

A treaty or Article 48(6) decision does not fall within this section merely

 

because it involves one or more of the following—

 

(a)    

the codification of practice under the Treaty on European Union or the

 

Treaty on the functioning of the European Union in relation to the

 

previous exercise of an existing competence;

 

(b)    

the making of any provision that applies only to member states other

 

than the United Kingdom;

 

(c)    

in the case of a treaty, the accession of a new member state.’.

 


 

Emma Reynolds

 

NS2

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Super-affirmative resolution procedure

 

1          

The “super-affirmative resolution procedure” in relation to a draft order under

 

this Act is as follows.

 

2          

The Minister must have regard to—

 

(a)    

any representations,

 

(b)    

any resolution of either House of Parliament, and

 

(c)    

any recommendations of a committee of either House of Parliament

 

charged with reporting on the draft order,

 

            

made during the 60-day period with regard to the draft order.

 

3          

If, after the expiry of the 60-day period, the Minister wishes to make an order

 

in the terms of the draft, he must lay before Parliament a statement—

 

(a)    

stating whether any representations were made under subsection

 

(2)(a); and

 

(b)    

if any representations were so made, giving details of them.

 

4          

The Minister may after the laying of such a statement make an order in the

 

terms of the draft if it is approved by a resolution of each House of Parliament.


 
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