Lords EU exit regulations: 6 March

07 March 2019

On Wednesday 6 March the House of Lords examined eight 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. Conservation of natural habitats and species
  2. Environment in Northern Ireland
  3. Animal welfare
  4. General food law, hygiene and contaminants

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 6 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 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.

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 the Conservation of Natural Habitats and Species.

SLSC (Sub-Committee B) reported on one SI making changes to laws on General Food Law.

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