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Notices of Amendments: 20 November 2013                  

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European Union (Referendum) Bill, continued

 
 

( )    

Commonwealth citizens who, on the date of the referendum, would be entitled to

 

vote in Gibraltar as electors at a European Parliamentary election in the combined

 

electoral region in which Gibraltar is comprised.’.

 


 

Mike Gapes

 

52

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  2,  after ‘report’, insert ‘by 1 March 2015’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

53

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  2,  after ‘report’, insert ‘by 1 March 2016’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

54

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  2,  after ‘report’, insert ‘by 1 March 2017’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

55

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  2,  after ‘report’, insert ‘six months before the date or dates

 

appointed for the referendum’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

17

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  5,  at end insert—

 

‘(1A)    

The rules recommended by the Electoral Commission shall provide that if—

 

(a)    

fewer than 60 per cent of registered voters take part in the referendum, or

 

(b)    

the majority in favour of not remaining in the European Union comprises

 

fewer than 40 per cent of registered voters, or

 

(c)    

the result is not the same in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern

 

Ireland, or

 

(d)    

the result is not the same in each of the European Parliament

 

constituencies in the United Kingdom,

 

    

the Chief Counting Officer shall declare that the referendum has not produced a

 

valid outcome.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

56

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  6,  leave out ‘shall’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

5

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Secretary of State shall make available a sum of not more than £10 million

 

to organisations campaigning—

 

(a)    

for a Yes vote in the referendum, and

 

(b)    

for a No vote in the referendum, for provision of public information and

 

literature, to be divided equally between those campaigning for each

 

answer to the referendum question.’.


 
 

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Mike Gapes

 

6

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Secretary of State shall ensure that the proponents and opponents of the

 

question in the referendum shall be allotted no fewer than six nor more than 10

 

broadcasts of a total time of at least 60 minutes on all television channels

 

broadcasting to the United Kingdom, at such times as are determined by the

 

Electoral Commission so as to ensure that so far as possible they are broadcast

 

simultaneously, and with Welsh language and Gaelic versions as directed by the

 

Secretary of State in relation to particular channels.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

7

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Secretary of State shall ensure that the proponents and opponents of the

 

question in the referendum are able to publish a two full page advertisement

 

spread immediately after the front page in all national editions of newspapers

 

published in any part of the United Kingdom, as specified by the Electoral

 

Commission, on four dates to be specified by the Commission, with Welsh

 

language and Gaelic versions where specified by the Commission.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

16

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

Polling stations are to be open from 6 am to midnight on each designated day or

 

days for the referendum.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

60

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Secretary of State shall establish a European Union Referendum

 

Commission to consider the conduct of the referendum.

 

(3B)    

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

 

establishment.

 

(3C)    

The Secretary of State shall by order provide for the conduct of the referendum

 

to be implemented as recommended by the Commission.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

61

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

The Secretary of State shall consult with and seek to secure agreement from the

 

devolved administrations on the conduct of the referendum within the relevant

 

part of the United Kingdom.’.

 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

64

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  at end add—

 

‘(3A)    

Results for the referendum will be published for European parliamentary

 

constituencies, except that Gibraltar’s shall be published separately from the rest

 

of the South West return.’.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 20 November 2013                  

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European Union (Referendum) Bill, continued

 
 

Martin Horwood

 

65

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

Persons who are resident in part of the United Kingdom that has voted to leave

 

the United Kingdom or that has formed an independent country, or that is in the

 

process of negotiating such independence or holding a referendum on

 

independence will have their votes counted separately and be subject to a separate

 

declaration.’.

 

Chris Williamson

 

85

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  11,  at end insert—

 

‘(3A)    

Those entitled to vote in the referendum who do not without reasonable excuse

 

cast their vote shall pay a penalty of £50.’.

 

Mike Gapes

 

57

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  12,  leave out ‘shall’ and insert ‘may’.

 

Martin Horwood

 

67

 

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(1)    

The European Union Act 2011 is amended as follows.

 

(2)    

Leave out section 2(2) and insert—

 

“2  (2)  

The referendum condition is that—

 

(a)    

the Act providing for the approval of the treaty provides that

 

the provision approving the treaty is not to come into force

 

until an in or out referendum on the UK’s entire membership

 

of the European Union, as defined in the European Union

 

(Referendum) Bill 2013, is held throughout the United

 

Kingdom, or where the treaty also affects Gibraltar,

 

throughout the UK and Gibraltar,

 

(b)    

the referendum has been held, and

 

(c)    

the majority of those voting in the referendum are in favour of

 

continued membership of the European Union.”.’.

 

Mr Gareth Thomas

 

84

 

Parliamentary Star    

Clause  3,  page  2,  line  14,  at end insert—

 

‘(5)    

The Electoral Commission shall undertake a review of the conduct of the

 

referendum and shall publish a report setting out the conclusions of the review no

 

more than 12 months after the day or days on which the referendum is held.’.

 


 

James Wharton

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

81

 

Clause  5,  page  2,  line  21,  at beginning insert—

 

‘( )    

This Act extends to—

 

(a)    

England and Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland; and


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 20 November 2013                  

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European Union (Referendum) Bill, continued

 
 

(b)    

Gibraltar.’.

 


 

New Schedules

 

Chris Williamson

 

NS1

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

‘Speaker’s Committee for the referendum on the United Kingdom’s

 

membership of the European Union

 

    ( )  

There is to be a committee known as the Speaker’s Committee for the

 

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

 

(“the Committee”) to consider the day to be appointed for the referendum.

 

      ()  

The Speaker’s Committee shall consist of the Speaker of the House of

 

Commons, who shall be the chair of the Committee, and the following other

 

members, namely—

 

(a)    

the Member of the House of Commons who is for the time being the

 

Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee of the House of

 

Commons;

 

(b)    

the Lord President of the Council;

 

(c)    

a Member of the House of Commons who is a Minister of the Crown

 

with responsibilities in relation to foreign affairs; and

 

(d)    

five Members of the House of Commons who are not Ministers of the

 

Crown.

 

      ()  

The member of the Committee specified in subsection (2)(c) shall be appointed

 

to membership of the Committee by the Prime Minister.

 

      ()  

The members of the Committee specified in subsection (2)(d) shall be

 

appointed to membership of the Committee by the Speaker of the House of

 

Commons.

 

      ()  

The Speaker’s Committee shall make a report to the House of Commons on the

 

exercise by the Committee of their functions.’.

 


 

Mr William Bain

 

Mr Peter Hain

 

NS2

 

To move the following Schedule:—

 

“Organisations to be consulted before a referendum on the United

 

Kingdom’s membership of the European Union

 

         

The following organisations shall be consulted before a referendum on the

 

United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union is held—

 

(a)    

the Confederation for British Industry,

 

(b)    

the National Farmers Union,

 

(c)    

the Trades Union Congress,

 

(d)    

the National Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux,


 
 

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(e)    

the Association of Chief Police Officers,

 

(f)    

Universities UK,

 

(g)    

the National Council of Voluntary Organisations,

 

(h)    

Friends of the Earth,

 

(i)    

the Local Government Association, and

 

(j)    

other organisations as the Secretary of State shall see fit.’.

 


 

Mr William Bain

 

NS3

 

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;

 

(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

 

provisions 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.


 
 

Notices of Amendments: 20 November 2013                  

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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.’.

 


 

James Wharton

 

Andrew Rosindell

 

82

 

Title,  line  1,  after ‘Kingdom’, insert ‘and Gibraltar’.

 


 
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