Lords examines European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill

24 February 2017

The House of Lords starts committee stage, the chance for line by line examination, of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill on Monday 27 February.

Members are expected to discuss issues including parliamentary approval of the negotiated outcome, EU nationals resident in the UK and the devolved administrations.

Members start detailed examination of the text at committee stage and it is the first opportunity for members to make changes. There is no selection of amendments (all can be considered), debate on amendments is not time limited and any member can take part.

What happens next?

Committee stage day two: Wednesday 1 March

Report stage and third reading: Tuesday 7 March

What's happened so far?

Lords second reading: Monday 20 February

The debate was introduced by Baroness Evans of Bowes Park (Conservative), Leader of the House of Lords.

Members of the Lords discussed the outcome of the EU referendum and the subsequent process of leaving the EU, the government white paper on Brexit, the rights of EU citizens resident in the UK, UK membership of Euratom and possible amendments to the bill.

Lords second reading: Tuesday 21 February

Members taking part included:

  • Lord Lamont of Lerwick (Conservative), former chancellor of the exchequer and chairman of Vote Leave
  • Lord Tugendhat (Conservative), former vice-president of the European Commission
  • Lord Kerr of Kinlochard (Crossbench), former UK ambassador to the EU, former head of the UK diplomatic service and author of Article 50
  • Lord Pannick (Crossbench), QC, barrister in the Article 50 appeal case at the UK Supreme Court
  • Lord Giddens (Labour), member of the Council for the Future of Europe
  • Baroness Smith of Basildon (Labour), shadow Leader of the House of Lords
  • Lord Newby (Liberal Democrat), Liberal Democrat Leader in the House of Lords

Members of the Lords discussed future UK trade options, police and security cooperation with EU member states, Northern Ireland and the Good Friday Agreement and parliamentary scrutiny of the negotiation process.

184 members took part, making this the largest second reading debate on record. This second reading debate took place over two days, the 28th time since 1945 this has happened in the House of Lords.

Lord Bridges of Headley (Conservative), parliamentary under-secretary for the Department for Exiting the European Union, responded on behalf of the government.

European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill summary

This bill will confer power on the Prime Minister to notify, under Article 50(2) of the Treaty on European Union, the United Kingdom’s intention to withdraw from the EU.

All parliamentary business is subject to change.

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