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Lords EU exit regulations: 11 April

12 April 2019

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On Thursday 11 April, the House of Lords examined one statutory instrument preparing for Brexit.

A statutory instrument (SI), a type of secondary legislation, is a law created under powers given by an Act of Parliament. It is used to fill in the details of Acts (primary legislation).

The proposed SI made changes to law on the trade in goods and products for the purposes of torture and capital punishment.

The Brexit SI under examination on Thursday 11 April was made under the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018, and is a change to the law to be made in the event of the UK leaving the EU without a withdrawal agreement.

In addition to the EU exit regulations, the House also debated one other SI on air quality data for taxis and private hire vehicles.

These SIs are made under the draft affirmative procedure, meaning they need to be approved by both Houses of Parliament before they can be made (signed into law) and brought into effect. Draft affirmative SIs can be stopped if either House votes against the government's motion calling for the SI to be approved.

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Image: House of Lords 2019 / Photography by Roger Harris