Lords EU exit regulations: 30 October

31 October 2019

On Wednesday 30 October, the House of Lords examined four 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 mad changes to laws on:

  1. Welfare of animals at time of killing
  2. Agriculture, environment and rural affairs in Northern Ireland
  3. Common fisheries policy and animals
  4. Railway safety and access

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 30 October 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.

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.

The SLSC reported on the regulations making changes to laws on welfare of animals at time of killing, common fisheries policy and animals, and railway safety and access.

Following debates in Grand Committee, all the SIs under consideration were approved.

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