European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Contents

Formal Minutes

Wednesday 15 November 2017

Members present:

Hilary Benn, in the Chair

Mr Peter Bone

Joanna Cherry

Mr Christopher Chope

Stephen Crabb

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

Peter Grant

Wera Hobhouse

Stephen Kinnock

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Craig Mackinlay

Seema Malhotra

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Stephen Timms

Mr John Whittingdale

Hywel Williams

Sammy Wilson

Draft Report (European Union (Withdrawal) Bill), proposed by the Chair, brought up and read.

Question put, That the draft Report be read a second time, paragraph by paragraph.

Paragraphs 1 to 15 agreed to.

Paragraph 16 read.

Amendment proposed, to leave out from “grounds.” to the end of the paragraph – (Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 6

Mr Peter Bone

Mr Christopher Chope

Craig Mackinlay

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Mr John Whittingdale

Sammy Wilson

Noes, 11

Joanna Cherry

Stephen Crabb

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

Peter Grant

Wera Hobhouse

Stephen Kinnock

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Hywel Williams

Question accordingly negatived.

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 17 and 18 agreed to.

Paragraph 19 read.

Amendment proposed, to leave out from “questions.” to the end of the paragraph and insert the words “There is no reason to suppose that these will not be settled in the courts in the normal way. After all, there was no concept of a constitutional statute prior to the 1972 European Communities Act.” – (Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg)

Question put, That the amendment be made.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 7

Mr Peter Bone

Mr Christopher Chope

Stephen Crabb

Craig Mackinlay

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Mr John Whittingdale

Sammy Wilson

Noes, 10

Joanna Cherry

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

Peter Grant

Wera Hobhouse

Stephen Kinnock

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Hywel Williams

Question accordingly negatived.

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 20 to 47 agreed to.

Paragraph 48 read, as follows

“Caroline Normand told us that there were already concerns about the UK’s consumer enforcement regime, which she described as “pretty much strained to breaking point”. She noted the 56% reduction in Trading Standards officers since 2009 and the recent incidents of fire and deaths linked to faulty kitchen products, adding that “if you add to that what will fall on the shoulders of consumer enforcement agencies post-EU exit […] The weight is going to come and the system is currently not fit for purpose.”

Motion made, and Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 8

Joanna Cherry

Peter Grant

Wera Hobhouse

Stephen Kinnock

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Hywel Williams

Noes, 9

Mr Peter Bone

Mr Christopher Chope

Stephen Crabb

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

Jeremy Lefroy

Craig Mackinlay

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Mr John Whittingdale

Sammy Wilson

Paragraph accordingly negatived.

Paragraphs 49 to 63 (now 48 to 62) agreed to.

Paragraph 64 (now 63) read.

Amendment proposed, at end, to add

“The Rt Hon David Mundell MP, Secretary of State for Scotland, advised on 13 July 2017 that there would be a “power bonanza for the Scottish Parliament”. The Committee notes that to date no single “power or responsibility” has been confirmed as being returned to Scotland.”

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 8

Joanna Cherry

Peter Grant

Wera Hobhouse

Stephen Kinnock

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Hywel Williams

Noes, 9

Mr Peter Bone

Mr Christopher Chope

Stephen Crabb

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

Jeremy Lefroy

Craig Mackinlay

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Mr John Whittingdale

Sammy Wilson

Question accordingly negatived.

Paragraph agreed to.

Paragraphs 65 to 97 (now 64 to 96) agreed to.

Paragraph 98 (now 97) read.

Amendment proposed to leave out from second “mechanisms” to “it is” in line 6 – (Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 6

Mr Peter Bone

Mr Christopher Chope

Craig Mackinlay

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Mr John Whittingdale

Sammy Wilson

Noes, 11

Joanna Cherry

Stephen Crabb

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

Peter Grant

Wera Hobhouse

Stephen Kinnock

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Hywel Williams

Question accordingly negatived.

Motion made, and Question put, That the paragraph stand part of the Report.

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 11

Joanna Cherry

Stephen Crabb

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

Peter Grant

Wera Hobhouse

Stephen Kinnock

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Hywel Williams

Noes, 6

Mr Peter Bone

Mr Christopher Chope

Craig Mackinlay

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Mr John Whittingdale

Sammy Wilson

Paragraph accordingly agreed to.

Paragraphs 99 to 101 (now 98 to 100) agreed to.

Paragraph 102 (now 101) read.

Amendment proposed to leave out the words “The Government’s amendments to remove that flexibility by setting the exit day in the Bill as 29 March 2019 at 11.00p.m. reinforces the evidence we heard that this Bill will be superseded or complemented by other primary legislation that provides for an implementation period agreed as part of the withdrawal agreement.” And insert

“The Government’s latest amendments will, however, if agreed by the House, remove this flexibility by setting the exit day in the Bill as 29 March 2019 at 11.00p.m. This would create significant difficulties if, as the Secretary of State suggested to us in evidence, the negotiations went down to the 59th minute of the 11th hour.” – (The Chair)

The Committee divided.

Ayes, 12

Joanna Cherry

Stephen Crabb

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

Peter Grant

Wera Hobhouse

Stephen Kinnock

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Mr John Whittingdale

Hywel Williams

Noes, 5

Mr Peter Bone

Mr Christopher Chope

Craig Mackinlay

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Sammy Wilson

Amendment agreed to.

Paragraph 102 (now 101), as amended, agreed to.

Question put, That the Report be the First Report of the Committee to the House.

The Committee divided:

Ayes, 12

Joanna Cherry

Stephen Crabb

Mr Jonathan Djanogly

Peter Grant

Wera Hobhouse

Stephen Kinnock

Jeremy Lefroy

Mr Pat McFadden

Seema Malhotra

Stephen Timms

Mr John Whittingdale

Hywel Williams

Noes, 5

Mr Peter Bone

Mr Christopher Chope

Craig Mackinlay

Mr Jacob Rees-Mogg

Sammy Wilson

Question accordingly agreed to.

Ordered, That the Chair make the Report to the House.

Ordered, That embargoed copies of the Report be made available (Standing Order No. 134).

[Adjourned till Tuesday 21 November at 9.30 a.m.





17 November 2017