Lords EU exit regulations 11 February
11 February 2019
The House of Lords will examine 6 statutory instruments preparing for Brexit on Thursday 11 February.
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 SIs make changes to laws on:
- Companies and limited liability partnerships
- Recognition of professional qualifications
- Solvency and insurance distribution
- Financial services and conglomerates
The Brexit SIs under examination on Monday 11 February are all made under the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018, and are changes 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 is also debating two other SIs on Tax Credits and Social Security.
All these SIs are made under the draft affirmative procedure, meaning they need to be approved by Parliament before they could be made (signed into law) and brought into effect as law. Draft affirmative SIs can be stopped if either House votes against the government’s motion calling for the SI to be approved.
The House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee (SLSC) examines every SI, including all EU Exit SIs. It publishes reports drawing members' attention to SIs.
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