Explanatory Notes

Lords Amendments to Clause 19: Commencement and short title

Lords Amendment 46 and 48

71 Lords Amendment 46 and 48 would commence on Royal Assent provisions that give the Bill the status of ‘protected enactment’ in the devolution statutes. They would also commence the provisions that impose reporting duties on UK Ministers in relation to the exercise of the new powers under clause 11 and Schedule 3 and the provisions which exempt the Schedule 2 powers from the general EU law limit on devolved competence. These amendments would also ensure some transitional provisions, such as that relating to the definition of "relevant criminal offence", are commenced on Royal Assent.

Lords Amendment 47

72 Lords Amendment 47 is consequential on Lords Amendment 44 which would limit the consequential power to ten years from exit day. Lords Amendment 47 would commence this provision, along with the other provisions on the power at clause 17(1) to (3), on Royal Assent of the Bill.

Lords Amendment 49

73 Lords Amendment 49 would provide for the commencement of certain provisions of Lords Amendments to clause 11 and Schedule 3.

74 The new powers to apply limits on devolved competence in relation to retained EU law and related provision would commence on Royal Assent.

Lords Amendment 50

75 Lords Amendment 50 would clarify that those provisions not commenced under subsection (1) or new subsections (1A) and (1B) will commence at a time specified by a Minister of the Crown and this time may be different for different provisions.

Lords Amendment 51*

76 Lords Amendment 51 would prevent the Minister from commencing aspects of the Bill until it is a negotiating objective of the Government to ensure that an international agreement has been made which enables the United Kingdom to continue to participate in the European Economic Area after exit day.

77 The amendment would also prevent inserted subsection (2B) from being amended by regulations.


Prepared 22nd May 2018