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Wednesday 20 November 2013

 

Consideration of Bill


 

European Union (Referendum) Bill


 

Clause 1.

 

Another Amendment (No. 68) proposed, in page 1, line 3, at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

Before the appointment of the day on which the referendum is to be held, the

 

Secretary of State shall consult the bodies listed in the Schedule (Organisations

 

to be consulted before a referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the

 

European Union) on the merits or otherwise of the United Kingdom remaining a

 

member of the European Union and shall lay before Parliament a report of the

 

consultation.’.

 

Question proposed, That the Amendment be made.

 

Mike Gapes

 

20

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out subsection (2) and insert ‘on a date to be

 

determined’.

 

Mr William Bain

 

76

 

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

 

Mike Gapes

 

21

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out from ‘held’ to end of line 6 and insert ‘on 7 May

 

2015’.

 

Adam Afriyie

 

Mike Gapes

 

3

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘before 31 December 2017’ and insert ‘on 23

 

October 2014’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

25

 

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


 
 

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Mike Gapes

 

Adam Afriyie

 

22

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘2017’ and insert ‘2014’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

23

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘2017’ and insert ‘2015’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

24

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘2017’ and insert ‘2016’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

26

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘2017’ and insert ‘2018’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

27

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  leave out ‘2017’ and insert ‘2019’.

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Mike Gapes

 

Chris Williamson

 

77

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  4,  after ‘2017’, insert ‘and not between 31 July and 1

 

December 2017’.

 

Adam Afriyie

 

4

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out subsection (3).

 

Mike Gapes

 

58

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

‘(3)    

The Secretary of State shall establish a European Union Referendum

 

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

 

(3A)    

The Commission shall report to the Secretary of State within 12 months of its

 

establishment.

 

(3B)    

The Secretary of State shall by order provide for the date or dates to be

 

implemented as recommended by the Commission.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

59

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Commission shall consult with and seek to secure agreement from the

 

devolved administrations on the date or dates to be appointed for the

 

referendum.’.

 

Chris Williamson

 

62

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out subsection (3) and insert—


 
 

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‘(3)    

The date shall be appointed in accordance with the conclusions of the Speaker’s

 

Committee for the Referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the

 

European Union, as established under Schedule (Speaker’s Committee for the

 

Referendum on the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union).’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

28

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out ‘31 December 2016’ and insert ‘7 May 2015’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

31

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out ‘31 December 2016’ and insert ‘1 July 2017’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

29

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out ‘2016’ and insert ‘2014’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

30

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out ‘2016’ and insert ‘2015’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

32

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out ‘2016’ and insert ‘2017’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

33

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  5,  leave out ‘2016’ and insert ‘2018’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

12

 

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

 

‘(3A)    

Before appointing the day on which the referendum is to be held under subsection

 

(3) above, the Secretary of State shall consult leaders of the principal faiths

 

represented in the United Kingdom so as to identify days which it would be

 

inappropriate for him to appoint for holding the referendum, and he shall pay due

 

regard to the outcome of those consultations in appointing the day.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

13

 

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

 

‘(7)    

The day on which the referendum is to be held shall not be the same day as—

 

(a)    

a general election for the United Kingdom Parliament;

 

(b)    

elections to the European Parliament;

 

(c)    

a Scottish parliamentary general election;

 

(d)    

a Welsh Assembly general election;

 

(e)    

a general election for members of the Northern Ireland Assembly;

 

(f)    

any local government election;

 

(g)    

a mayoral election in London; and

 

    

the terms above shall be defined as in section 4 of the Parliamentary Voting

 

System and Constituencies Act 2011.’.


 
 

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Mr William Bain

 

70

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  6,  at end insert ‘, subject to subsection (3A) below.

 

‘(3A)    

The Secretary of State may not appoint a day on which the referendum is to be

 

held until he has published a detailed analysis of the consequences of the United

 

Kingdom—

 

(a)    

remaining, or

 

(b)    

not remaining a member of the European Union, including—

 

(i)    

the economic and social consequences of withdrawal from the

 

European Union for the people of the United Kingdom,

 

(ii)    

the consequences for the United Kingdom’s overseas territories,

 

(iii)    

the consequences for prevention of crime and terrorism in the

 

United Kingdom,

 

(iv)    

the consequences for climate change and the environment of the

 

United Kingdom, and

 

(v)    

the consequences for the effectiveness of the foreign policy of

 

the United Kingdom.’.

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

Chris Williamson

 

78

 

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

 

‘(3A)    

The date appointed under subsection 1(3) must not be less than 28 weeks in

 

advance of the proposed polling day.’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

66

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  7,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

The question that is to appear on the ballot is, as recommended in the Electoral

 

Commission report of October 2013:

 

    

“Should the United Kingdom remain a member of the European Union?”.’.

 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

72

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  7,  leave out subsection (4) and insert—

 

‘(4)    

Before making an order under subsection (3) the Secretary of State shall conduct

 

a consultation lasting not less than six months on what question should appear on

 

the ballot paper, and shall by order set out the question to be asked.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

35

 

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

 

36

 

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

 

a member of the European Union or leave the European Union?’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

37

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  10,  leave out ‘version’ and insert ‘translation’.


 
 

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European Union (Referendum) Bill, continued

 
 

Mike Gapes

 

38

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  11,  after ‘order’, insert ‘after consultation with the National

 

Assembly for Wales and the Welsh Assembly Government.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

39

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(5A)    

In Scotland, a Gaelic translation of the question is also to appear on the ballot

 

papers, as provided by order, after consultation with the Scottish Parliament and

 

the Scottish Government.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

40

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘( )    

In Northern Ireland, a Gaelic translation of the question is also to appear on the

 

ballot papers, as provided by order, after consultation with the Northern Ireland

 

Assembly and the Northern Ireland Executive.’.

 

Mr William Bain

 

71

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  12,  leave out subsection (6) and insert—

 

‘(6)    

An order under this section shall be made by statutory instrument.

 

(7)    

An order under subsection (3) may not be made unless each House of Parliament

 

has passed a resolution that the referendum shall take place on a day specified in

 

the resolution and the day specified in the resolution is the same as in the order.

 

(8)    

An order under subsection (5) may not be made unless a draft of the order has

 

been laid before, and approved by, a resolution of each House of Parliament.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

41

 

Clause  1,  page  1,  line  12,  leave out ‘shall’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

9

 

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

 

‘(7)    

The referendum shall be held on Thursday.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

10

 

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

 

‘(7)    

The referendum shall be held over two days on a Saturday and Sunday.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

11

 

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

 

‘(7)    

The referendum shall be held over three days on a Thursday, Friday and

 

Saturday.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

14

 

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


 
 

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‘(7)    

No date shall be set for the referendum until there is in place a secure system of

 

voting by text message or by SMS.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

15

 

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

 

‘(7)    

Voting in the referendum shall be possible in person, by post, by proxy, by email,

 

by text message or by SMS.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

19

 

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

 

‘(7)    

Prior to the holding of any referendum the Secretary of State shall establish a

 

Public Judicial Inquiry into the merits of UK membership of the European Union

 

which shall publish its report within six months, unless the Secretary of State

 

otherwise directs.’.

 


 

James Wharton

 

Mike Gapes

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

42

 

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

 

Mike Gapes

 

43

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

persons who have right of abode in the United Kingdom.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

45

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

persons who would be entitled to vote as electors in a European

 

Parliament election.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

46

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

all persons who are legally entitled to vote as electors at a local

 

government election.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

47

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  18,  at end insert—

 

‘(aa)    

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

 

Union.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

48

 

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


 
 

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Mike Gapes

 

8

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  20,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

British citizens, regardless of where they are resident, who have

 

registered to vote with a British Embassy or High Commission or with

 

the local authority where they last lived in the United Kingdom not less

 

than six months before the date of the referendum, and the statutory

 

provisions relating to overseas voters shall be disapplied for the purposes

 

of this section.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

44

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(2)    

Persons aged 16 or 17 on the date of the referendum shall be entitled to vote if

 

they would, save for their age, be otherwise entitled to vote under any of the

 

categories set out in subsection (1) above.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

49

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

citizens of the Republic of Ireland, Cyprus and Malta resident in the

 

United Kingdom shall not be entitled to vote.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

50

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

residents of all Crown Dependencies.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

51

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  20,  at end insert—

 

‘(c)    

residents of all British Overseas Territories.’.

 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

63

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  20,  at end add—

 

‘(2)    

Provision will be made for all electors included in the Gibraltar register as defined

 

in Schedule 1 to the Government of Gibraltar’s European Parliamentary Elections

 

Act 2004 to vote in Gibraltar in person or by post.’.

 

Mr William Bain

 

69

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  20,  at end add—

 

‘(c)    

persons who are citizens of British Overseas Territories.’.

 

James Wharton

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

80

 

Clause  2,  page  1,  line  20,  at end insert ‘and


 
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