Lords EU exit regulations: 12 February
13 February 2019
The House of Lords examined nine statutory instruments preparing for Brexit on Tuesday 12 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:
1. Air passenger rights and air services
2. Wearing of seatbelts
3. International driving licences
4. Environment and pollutants
6. Trade in endangered species
7. Plant protection products and pesticides
The SIs examined on Tuesday 12 February were 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.
All these SIs were made under the draft affirmative procedure, meaning they needed to be approved by Parliament before they can 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.
Following debates by Lords members on the floor of the House, all the SI approval motions were agreed to.
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.
SLSC (Sub-Committee A) reported on the SI making changes to laws on international driving licences.
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