Lords EU exit regulations: 20 March

21 March 2019

On Wednesday 20 March, the House of Lords examined seven 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. Common agricultural policy
  2. State aid
  3. Residues of veterinary medicines in food and drink
  4. Zoonotic diseases

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 20 March 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 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.

Following the debates in Grand Committee, all of 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 three regulations making changes to laws on agricultural policy.

SLSC (Sub-Committee B) reported on one SI making changes to the law on residues of veterinary medicines in food and drink.

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