Devolution and Exiting the EU: reconciling differences and building strong relationships Contents



1 Introduction and context of our report

2 Constitutional Change, Europe and Devolution

3 Questions around sovereignty and the two models of devolution

Sovereignty in the UK

Two models of devolution: the reserved powers model and the conferred powers model

The contradictory views of devolution

4 European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and the devolved Administrations

The purpose of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Devolved Governments’ concerns surface

The Sewel Convention

Case law and the Sewel Convention

The compromise and the impasse

The Sewel Convention and the erosion of trust

Definition of “not normally”

5 The English Question

Brexit and devolution in England

Devolution or decentralisation in England

The uneven devolution of power in England

The push for further devolution in England

The UK Government’s two hats and the representation of English regions

6 Common Frameworks

7 Whitehall’s attitude towards devolution

8 Inter-governmental relations: the missing part of devolution?

9 Inter-parliamentary scrutiny

Conclusions and recommendations

Formal minutes


Published written evidence

List of Reports from the Committee during the current Parliament

Published: 31 July 2018