European Union (Withdrawal) Bill Contents


The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill gives excessively wide law-making powers to Ministers.1 The Bill even allows Ministers to make regulations that amend or repeal the European Union (Withdrawal) Act itself.2

The Bill contains insufficient parliamentary scrutiny of many of the law-making powers given to Ministers.3

Parliament should be given a greater say on the procedure applicable to regulations made by Ministers under the Bill.4

The Government should bring forward separate Bills to confer on the devolved institutions competences repatriated from the EU.5

Ministers should not have power to impose taxation by statutory instrument.6

Many of the time-limits and other restrictions on Ministers can be circumvented by so-called tertiary legislation, which is law made under powers conferred by secondary legislation.7

1 Paragraphs 6 to 12, and 20.

2 Paragraph 22.

3 Paragraphs 50 to 52.

4 Paragraph 56.

5 Paragraph 35.

6 Paragraph 45.

7 Paragraphs 13-16, 20(b) and 46.

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