The House of Lords Constitution Committee today invites contributions to its inquiry on the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which scrutinises the workings of the Bill and examines its constitutional implications.
EU (Withdrawal) Bill inquiry
The inquiry follows the Committee's previous report 'The 'Great Repeal Bill' and delegated powers' and its follow-up 'European Union (Withdrawal) Bill: interim report'. While the first report said that the Government would need "relatively wide" powers to make necessary changes to adapt EU law, the report explicitly calls for a number of key limitations on those powers. The Committee's interim report concludes that these recommendations had been ignored.
The Committee is now seeking evidence on the detailed provisions of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill and their legal and policy effect. The inquiry will examine the constitutional implications of the Bill across the following three broad themes:
- The relationship between Parliament and the executive;
- The rule of law and legal certainty; and
- The consequences for the UK's territorial constitution.
The Committee welcomes written submissions on any aspect of these topics and from all interested individuals and organisations.
Written evidence should be submitted online via the Committee’s website, by 5pm on Thursday 12 October 2017.