European Union (Referendum) Bill

Amendments
to be moved
in committee

Clause 1

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

 

Page 1, line 2, after “A” insert “consultative”

 

Page 1, line 3, at end insert “if 1 million members of the electorate submit a petition
to Parliament to that effect”

LORD WIGLEY

 

Page 1, line 3, at end insert—

“( )   The referendum shall not be held before 1 October 2014.”

LORD KERR OF KINLOCHARD

LORD GRENFELL

LORD ROPER

LORD BOWNESS

 

Page 1, line 4, leave out subsection (2)

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

 

Page 1, line 4, leave out subsections (2) to (4) and insert—

“(2)   The Electoral Commission shall publish a report setting out its
recommendations for the terms of the referendum, including proposing a
suitable question and date.

(3)   Before the referendum can take place, the Electoral Commission’s
recommendations shall be subject to a vote in both Houses of Parliament.”

 

Page 1, line 4, leave out “must” and insert “may”

 

Page 1, line 4, leave out “must” and insert “will”

 

Page 1, line 4, leave out “31 December 2017” and insert “22 May 2014”

 

Page 1, line 4, leave out “31 December 2017” and insert “15 May 2015”

 

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

“( )   The Prime Minister shall propose a motion to the House of Commons, and
the Leader of the House of Lords shall propose a motion to the House of
Lords, appointing a day on which the referendum is to be held.”

 

Page 1, line 5, leave out “Secretary of State” and insert “Prime Minister”

 

Page 1, line 5, leave out “Secretary of State” and insert “Secretary of State for
Justice”

 

Page 1, line 5, leave out “Secretary of State” and insert “Secretary of State for
Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs”

 

Page 1, line 5, leave out “Secretary of State” and insert “Deputy Prime Minister”

 

Page 1, line 5, after “State” insert “after consultation with the First Ministers of the
devolved administrations”

 

Page 1, line 5, after “State” insert “subject to the specific consent of both Houses of
Parliament on all administrative arrangements”

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

LORD KERR OF KINLOCHARD

LORD ROPER

LORD BOWNESS

 

Page 1, line 5, leave out “, and before 31 December 2016,”

LORD KERR OF KINLOCHARD

LORD GRENFELL

LORD ROPER

LORD BOWNESS

 

Page 1, line 6, at end insert—

“( )   No day shall be appointed by an order made under subsection (3) which is
more than one calendar year after the day on which the order is made or
less than 28 weeks after the day on which the order is made.”

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

 

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

“( )   The wording of the question shall be decided by the Electoral
Commission.”

 

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

“(4)   The question that is to appear on the ballot paper will be the subject of a
further vote by both Houses, following the report of the Electoral
Commission.”

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

LORD QUIRK

 

Page 1, line 9, leave out “be” and insert “remain”

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

 

Page 1, line 9, at end insert—

“(4A)    If the turnout for the referendum is less than 25 per cent of those eligible to
vote, the referendum shall be considered invalid.”

 

Page 1, line 9, at end insert—

“( )   If it appears to the Secretary of State that less than 40 per cent of the persons
entitled to vote in the referendum have voted or that a majority of
responses given in the referendum have been “No” they shall lay before
Parliament the draft of an order for the repeal of this Act.”

 

Page 1, line 9, at end insert—

“( )   The question shall ask whether the United Kingdom prefers to be a
member of the European Union or the European Economic Area or to exit
the European Economic Area.”

 

Page 1, line 10, leave out subsection (5) and insert—

“( )   In Wales, a Welsh version of the question is also to appear on the ballot
papers; in Northern Ireland, an Irish and an Ulster Scots version of the
question is also to appear on the ballot papers; and in Scotland, a Scots
Gaelic version of the question is also to appear on the ballot papers.”

 

Page 1, line 10, leave out subsection (5) and insert—

“(5)   The Secretary of State shall, by order, ensure that the ballot papers used in
Wales, shall include the question, as defined in subsection (4) in a bilingual
English/Welsh format, in which both languages shall have equal
prominence.”

LORD WIGLEY

LORD RICHARD

LORD ROBERTS OF LLANDUDNO

 

Page 1, line 10, leave out subsection (5) and insert—

“( )   In Wales, the following question may also appear on the ballot papers—

A ddylai’r Deyrnas Unedig barhau yn aelod o’r Undeb Ewropeaidd neu
adael yr Undeb Ewropeaidd?
””

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

 

Page 1, line 11, at end insert “and a Gaelic or Doric version shall also appear on the
ballot papers in appropriate parts of Scotland, as provided for by order”

 

Page 1, line 11, at end insert—

“( )   The referendum may not result in the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from
the European Union unless there is—

(a)   a simple majority, and

(b)   the support of 40 per cent,

of those registered to vote in every component part of the United Kingdom
in which the count is taken separately.”

 

Page 1, line 11, at end insert—

“( )   In Cornwall, a Cornish version of the question is also to appear on the
ballot papers.”

 

Page 1, line 11, at end insert—

“( )   The referendum shall also be held in Gibraltar.”

BARONESS QUIN

LORD ROPER

LORD BOWNESS

LORD KERR OF KINLOCHARD

 

Page 1, line 11, at end insert—

“( )   The referendum may not result in the United Kingdoms’ withdrawal from
the European Union unless at least half of those eligible to vote have
voted.”

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

 

Page 1, line 12, leave out subsection (6)

After Clause 1

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Enactment conditions

(1)   The outcome of the referendum shall not be acted upon until each House
of Parliament passes by resolution a motion of consent that the referendum
has produced a result which is definitive and beyond challenge.

(2)   The outcome of the referendum shall not be considered definitive unless 40
per cent of those registered to vote give assent in the referendum.”

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Count for votes cast

The count for votes cast in the referendum shall be carried out and declared
separately for—

(a)   Scotland;

(b)   Wales;

(c)   Northern Ireland; and

(d)   England.”

Clause 2

LORD SHIPLEY

LORD KERR OF KINLOCHARD

BARONESS QUIN

LORD BOWNESS

 

Page 1, line 18, leave out “parliamentary election in any constituency” and insert
“local authority election in the United Kingdom”

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

BARONESS SUTTIE

LORD INGLEWOOD

LORD HANNAY OF CHISWICK

 

Page 1, line 18, at end insert—

“( )   the persons who are at least 16 years old at the date of the
referendum,”

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

 

Page 1, line 20, at end insert—

“(c)   the persons who, on the date of the referendum, will be at least
sixteen years old”

 

Page 2, line 1, leave out paragraph (c) and insert—

“(c)   citizens of the European Union resident in the United Kingdom”

 

Page 2, line 4, at end insert—

“(d)   prisoners who are serving a sentence of less than two years”

 

Page 2, line 4, at end insert—

“( )   Provision shall be made so that all Britons resident abroad who are aged 16
or over on the date of the referendum shall be able to vote in the
referendum in person or by post.”

After Clause 2

LORD SHIPLEY

LORD KERR OF KINLOCHARD

BARONESS QUIN

LORD BOWNESS

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Amendment of the Representation of the People Act 1985

In section 1 of the Representation of the People Act 1985 (extension of the
parliamentary franchise), after subsection (3), insert—

“(3A)    For the purposes of voting in a referendum on the United
Kingdom’s membership of the European Union, the conditions set
out in subsection (3)(c) and (d) do not have to be met providing that
the overseas elector resides in a country that is a member of the
European Union at the date of the referendum.””

Clause 3

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

 

Page 2, line 11, leave out “by order” and insert “introduce further legislation to
Parliament to”

LORD WIGLEY

 

Page 2, line 18, at end insert—

“(5)   The Secretary of State shall, by order, make provision for the votes cast in
England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, respectively, to be
counted and declared separately.”

After Clause 4

LORD ROPER

BARONESS QUIN

LORD HANNAY OF CHISWICK

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Reporting

(1)   No order shall be made under section (Commencement) until—

(a)   the Secretary of State has published and laid before Parliament an
evidence based assessment of the impact of the United Kingdom
ceasing to be a member of the European union; and

(b)   at least eighteen months have passed since the passing of this Act.

(2)   A report under subsection (1)(c) must include an assessment of—

(a)   the effect on the United Kingdom’s economy;

(b)   the effect on the rights of individuals within the UK;

(c)   the rights of European citizens living in the UK;

(d)   the rights of UK citizens living in another country that is a member
of the European Union.”

LORD TURNBULL

LORD GRENFELL

LORD SHIPLEY

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Assessment of future relationship with the European Union

No order shall be made under section (Commencement) until the Secretary
of State has prepared, published and laid before Parliament an assessment
of the United Kingdom’s intended relationship with the European Union
in the event of withdrawal from the European Union.”

LORD RICHARD

BARONESS SUTTIE

LORD INGLEWOOD

LORD HANNAY OF CHISWICK

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Commencement

(1)   The Act shall come into force on a day appointed by the Secretary of State
by order made by statutory instrument subject to approval by resolution of
each House of Parliament.”

Clause 6

LORD WIGLEY

 

Page 3, line 4, at end insert—

“( )   The Secretary of State may by order made by statutory instrument subject
to approval by both Houses of Parliament amend subsection (1) above to
omit the word “Scotland”.”

LORD FOULKES OF CUMNOCK

 

Page 3, line 5, after “(Referendum” insert “and related provisions”

Prepared 14th January 2014