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EU withdrawal bill: full list of proposed amendments | Politics
EU withdrawal bill: full list of proposed amendments | Politics


The EU withdrawal bill returns to the Commons on Tuesday for the first of two sessions in which MPs will consider amendments imposed by the Lords, and another set of fresh amendments.

The amendments being considered are listed in number order. It has not yet been decided when they will be voted on.

Amendment 1 – customs union

Prevents the repeal of the 1972 act bringing the UK into the EU unless the government lays out plans to negotiate a continued customs union after Brexit.

Proposer: John Kerr, former diplomat and crossbench peer

Government view: opposes it

Chance of success: likely to be kicked down the road for the imminent customs bill

Amendment 3 – environmental protections

Maintains EU environmental protections in domestic law, with a body to enforce compliance.

Proposer: John Krebs, zoologist and crossbench peer

Government view: says same principles should be included in a new environment bill

Chances of success: government option should pass

Amendment 4 – enhanced scrutiny

Prevents EU law on areas such as work, health and safety, and environmental standards being modified by secondary legislation without the approval of parliament.

Proposer: Dianne Hayter, Labour’s deputy leader of the Lords

Government view: opposes it

Chance of success: unlikely

Amendment 5 – charter of fundamental rights

Transfers the EU’s charter of fundamental rights into domestic law.

Proposer: David Pannick, barrister and crossbench peer

Government view: opposes it

Chance of success: minimal

Amendments 10, 43 and 45 – Henry VIII powers

Limits the scope of ministers to amend retained EU law under secondary legislation, also known as Henry VIII powers, by changing the wording so it can only happen if “necessary” rather than just if a minister deems it “appropriate”.

Proposer: Robert Rogers, former parliamentary official and crossbench peer

Government view: opposes it

Chance of success: unlikely

Amendment 19 – meaningful vote

Enhances the amendment Tory rebel Dominic Grieve got through the Commons in December guaranteeing a meaningful final vote on the Brexit deal by allowing the Commons to decide the next course of action if parliament rejects the deal.

Proposer: Douglas Hogg, former Tory cabinet minister, now life peer.

Government view: suggests that if parliament votes against the deal, a minister will set out how the government plans to proceed within 28 days

Chance of success: most worrying for government as MPs could reject its view

Amendment 20 – parliamentary approval for negotiations

Requires parliamentary approval for negotiations on phase two before they begin.

Proposer: John Monks, former Trades Union Congress head and Labour peer

Government view: opposes it

Chance of success: minimal

Amendment 24 – child refugees

Requires ministers to seek agreement to maintain the right of unaccompanied child refugees in one EU state to join relatives in the UK after Brexit.

Proposer: Alf Dubs, kindertransport survivor, champion of child refugees and Labour peer

Government view: proposes an intention to seek a deal with the EU so such children can join relatives who are lawful residents in the UK

Chance of success: government version should prevail

Amendment 25 – Northern Ireland

Requires no changes to Irish border arrangements without the agreement of both the UK and Irish governments.

Proposer: Chris Patten, Conservative peer and former minister who chaired a commission on policing in Northern Ireland

Government view: proposes amendments so the bar on border changes refers only to physical infrastructure

Chance of success: government version should prevail

Amendment 32 – continued cooperation

Formalises the idea that EU law can continue in UK law, and the UK can stay in EU agencies.

Proposer: Nick Baines, bishop of Leeds

Government view: accepts it

Amendment 37, 39 and 125 – no fixed exit date

The government had amended the bill to set 29 March 2019 as a definitive exit date. The Lords changed this to make any date subject to parliamentary approval.

Proposer: Charles Wellesley, hereditary Conservative peer

Government view: opposes it

Chance of success: minimal

Amendment 51 – the EEA

Obliges the government to prioritise staying in the European Economic Area, known as the Norway option.

Proposer: Waheed Alli, media executive and Labour peer

Government view: opposes it

Chance of success: won’t pass; Labour has introduced its own idea

Amendment 52 – ability to challenge retained EU law

Removes a section of the bill letting ministers use directives to decide who is able to challenge the validity of retained EU law post-Brexit.

Proposer: Alan Beith, former Liberal Democrat deputy leader

Government view: opposes it

Chance of success: minimal

Amendment 53 – compliance with EU principles

Guarantees the right of challenge to a domestic law if it fails to comply with the general principles of EU law as set out by the European court of justice.

Proposer: Pannick

Government view: will accept this as long as such challenges are limited to three years after exit

Chance of success: government version should prevail

Amendment 110 – the sifting committee

Obliges a committee to scrutinise all ministerial directives used to amend retained EU law.

Proposer: Rogers

Government view: opposes it

Chances of success: minimal

Labour amendment – access to internal market

An intended replacement to amendment 51 on the EEA, it states that a negotiating objective should be “to ensure the United Kingdom has full access to the internal market of the European Union, underpinned by shared institutions and regulations, with no new impediments to trade and common rights, standards and protections as a minimum”.

Proposer: Labour frontbench

Government view: opposes it

Chance of success: extremely slim. Tory rebels unlikely to back an official Labour amendment, not least because what it proposes is more or less impossible under EU rules



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