Lords EU exit regulations: 27 February

28 February 2019

On Wednesday 27 February, the House of Lords examined six statutory instruments 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 SIs make changes to laws on:

  1. International waste shipments
  2. Veterinary medicines
  3. Animal trade and imports
  4. Ozone-depleting substances and greenhouse gases

These SIs were considered in Grand Committee, a room outside the Lords chamber. In Grand Committee, any member can take part but no votes can take place.

The Brexit SIs under examination on Wednesday 27 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 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.

Following the debates in the House of Lords, all the SIs under consideration were approved.

Lords scrutiny

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 regulations making changes to laws on International Waste Shipments and Veterinary Medicines.

SLSC (Sub-Committee B) reported on two SIs making changes to laws on the Animal Trade and Imports.

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