European Union Referendum Bill

Amendments
to be moved
in committee

Clause 1

LORD HAMILTON OF EPSOM

 

Page 1, line 6, at end insert—

“( )     Regulations under subsection (2) must appoint a day at least 10 weeks from
the day on which the regulations are made.

( )     A draft of regulations under subsection (2) must be laid before each House
of Parliament at least 16 weeks before the day to be appointed thereby.”

LORD LIDDLE

 

Page 1, line 8, leave out “2017” and insert “2019”

LORD HAMILTON OF EPSOM

 

Page 1, line 12, leave out “remain a member of the European Union or leave” and insert
leave the European Union or remain a member of

 

Page 1, leave out lines 16 and 17 and insert—

  ““Leave the European Union

   Remain a member of the European Union”.”

Clause 2

LORD LIDDLE

LORD DAVIES OF STAMFORD

 

Page 2, line 7, at end insert—

“( )   any European Union citizen who does not fall within paragraph (a),
but is resident in the United Kingdom and has registered to vote in
the referendum,”

After Clause 5

LORD BLENCATHRA

 

As an amendment to the amendment after Clause 5 inserting the new Clause “Office for Budget
Responsibility”, printed on sheet HL Bill 60 (a)

Line 5, after “withdrawal from” insert “and staying in”

LORD LIDDLE

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Assessment of alternatives to United Kingdom membership of the European
Union

The Secretary of State shall commission an objective assessment of the
alternatives to the United Kingdom’s membership of the European Union,
to be made publicly available in advance of the holding of the referendum
in order to inform debate.”

LORD BLENCATHRA

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Report on the consequences of the United Kingdom staying in the European
Union

(1)     No later than 12 weeks prior to the appointed date of the referendum, the
Secretary of State shall publish, and lay before each House of Parliament, a
comprehensive report on the possible consequences of the United
Kingdom staying in the European Union, taking into account the reports
published under the Review of the Balance of Competences and other
relevant reports.

(2)     The report provided for by subsection (1) shall include information on—

(a)   the competitive position of the United Kingdom in the world
economy;

(b)   the position of British workers, including with regard to wages and
labour markets;

(c)   the effects on the United Kingdom’s social security systems;

(d)   the consequences for insolvency law, company law and property
rights;

(e)   the United Kingdom’s place on the International Monetary Fund,
the United Nations and other international bodies; and

(f)   the implementation of any renegotiation of the terms of
membership between the United Kingdom Government and the
European Union.”

Schedule 1

LORD HAMILTON OF EPSOM

 

Page 17, line 23, at end insert—

“Restrictions on campaigning by public authorities

For the purposes of the referendum, the following is to be treated as
inserted after section 118 of the 2000 Act—

“118A           Restriction on campaigning by public authorities

(1)     This section applies during the period of 28 days ending with the
day on which the referendum is held.

(2)     For the avoidance of doubt, and without prejudice to the other
provisions of this Act, Ministers of the Crown, government
departments, and local authorities may not engage in any
activities for referendum purposes

(3)     This section does not apply to the activities of any person in a
personal capacity.

(4)     In this section, “referendum purposes” has the same meaning as
in section 111 of this Act.

118B          Restrictions on special advisers

(1)     This section applies during the period of 28 days ending with the
day on which the referendum is held.

(2)     A permitted participant must not solicit or procure the advice,
assistance or support of a special adviser for referendum
purposes.

(3)     A special adviser must not knowingly provide advice, assistance
or support to a permitted participant for referendum purposes.

(4)     A special adviser must not knowingly provide advice, assistance
or support to a Minister of the Crown, government department,
or local authority for referendum purposes.

(5)     In this section, “special adviser” has the same meaning as in
section 15 of the Constitutional Reform and Governance Act
2010.

(6)     In this section, “referendum purposes” has the same meaning as
in section 111 of this Act.””

 

Page 17, line 23, at end insert—

“Restrictions on campaigning by EU institutions

For the purposes of the referendum, the following is to be treated as
inserted after section 119 of the 2000 Act—

“119A           Restrictions on the EU institutions

(1)     Notwithstanding the European Communities Act 1972, during
the referendum period, an EU institution must not incur
referendum expenses or engage in any other activity for
referendum purposes.

(2)     Notwithstanding the European Communities Act 1972, a
permitted participant must not accept a donation from an EU
institution.

(3)     In this section, “EU institution” has the same meaning as in
Article 13(1) of the Treaty on European Union.

(4)     In this section, “referendum purposes” and “referendum
expenses” have the same meaning as in section 111 of this Act.””

Clause 6

LORD HAMILTON OF EPSOM

 

Page 4, line 17, at end insert “and obtain the consent of”

 

Page 4, line 27, leave out subsection (8)

LORD KERR OF KINLOCHARD

 

Page 4, line 27, at end insert—

“(9)     Section 125 has effect in relation to the referendum as if—

(a)   at the start there were inserted—

“(A1)    This section has effect subject to subsection (5).”; and

(b)   at the end there were inserted—

“(5)     Nothing in this section shall have the effect of interfering
with normal business within government, between the
government and the institutions of the European Union,
and within the institutions of the European Union.””

After Clause 6

LORD HAMILTON OF EPSOM

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Application of section 125 of the 2000 Act

Section 125 of the 2000 Act has effect for the purposes of the referendum as
if, after subsection (2), there were inserted—

“(2A)    For the avoidance of doubt, for the purposes of this Act Ministers of
the Crown include Scottish Ministers, Welsh Ministers, Northern
Ireland Ministers and members of Her Majesty’s Government of
Gibraltar.””

LORD LIDDLE

LORD DAVIES OF STAMFORD

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Provision of information

( )     The Secretary of State shall ensure that every elector is sent through the
post, a full statement from the official campaigns on the cases for remaining
in and leaving the European Union, as well as a statement of the
Government’s position.”

LORD LIDDLE

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“National newspaper advertisements

( )     The Secretary of State shall require all national United Kingdom
newspapers to carry free full-page advertisements from both the “remain”
and “leave” sides of the campaign on each of the final ten days of the
referendum campaign.”

LORD BLENCATHRA

 

Insert the following new Clause—

“Creation of EU Referendum Broadcasting Impartiality Authority

(1)     The Electoral Commission shall establish, for the purposes of the
referendum on whether the United Kingdom should remain a member of
the European Union only, an authority to rule on the impartiality shown by
the sound and vision broadcasting media based in the United Kingdom
regarding all news and media stories relating to the referendum.

(2)     The authority shall be created by the Electoral Commission and be
operational within 3 months after the passing of this Act, and shall cease to
operate when the polls close on the day of the referendum.

(3)     The authority, for the duration of its existence, shall assume and exercise
all the impartiality functions currently vested in OFCOM and the BBC to
the extent necessary for the fulfilment of its functions.

(4)     The decisions of the authority shall take precedence over any decision by
OFCOM or the BBC.

(5)     The authority shall adopt all the rules on neutrality and impartiality
currently applied by the BBC and OFCOM during General Elections but
shall be authorised to amend them as it sees fit in relation to the
referendum.

(6)     The authority shall publish its neutrality and impartiality guidelines as
soon as practical after its creation.

(7)     It shall be a criminal offence for any relevant broadcaster to breach the
guidelines or fail to follow instructions from the authority.

(8)     The cost of the authority shall be kept to under £50 million and the costs
shall be met from public funds.”

Prepared 24th October 2015