- December 21, 2020
- Posted by: samdenis
On November 13, 2017, Brexit Minister David Davis announced a new bill to enshrine the withdrawal agreement in national law through primary legislation. In further talks in the House of Commons, Davis said that if the UK decided not to pass the law on 29 March 2019, the UK would remain on track to leave the EU without a deal, having invoked Article 50 in March 2017, following the adoption of the Notification of Withdrawal Act 2017.  The government submits a delegated notification letter for all public bills (including hybrids) to justify the devolution of powers, usually to ministers, in the bill. Brexit minister Steve Barclay said the bill would fulfill his party`s “overwhelming mandate” to withdraw Britain from the EU on 31 January. The bill described by The Independent as a government “incision” on Conservative rebels would have allowed MPs to review and amend each “line-by-line” agreement.  Conservative MP Steve Baker wrote to The Times stating that the new bill “gives any agreement that we have a good reputation with the EU in British law” and that it is compatible with the referendum result of “giving more control over how we are governed by the British Parliament.”  According to the British in Europe lobby group (which represents British citizens residing in EU countries) in June 2020, “up to 23 EU Member States still had systems for documenting the future rights of the 1.2 million British citizens who already live on the continent and remain unaware of their future rights and obligations.”  “The UK introduced its [registration] system for EU citizens last March , in which more than 3.3 million people were granted pre-regulated or regulated status after Brexit,” he said.  publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill/58-01/0001/20001.pdf On 6 September 2020, the Financial Times reported that the UK government was planning to develop new laws to circumvent the protocol of the withdrawal agreement in Northern Ireland.  The new law would give ministers the power to determine which state aid should be notified to the EU and to define which products at risk of being transferred from Northern Ireland to Ireland (the withdrawal agreement stipulates that in the absence of a reciprocal agreement, all products are considered vulnerable).  The government defended this approach and stated that the legislation was in accordance with protocol and that it had only “clarified” the volumity in the protocol.  Ursula von der Leyen warned Johnson not to violate international law and said that the implementation of the withdrawal agreement by Britain was a “precondition for any future partnership”.  On 8 September, the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis, told the British Parliament that the government`s internal market bill would “violate international law”.”  The agreement defines goods, services and related processes. Any provision of goods or services legally put on the market before leaving the EU may be made available to consumers in the UK or in the EU Member States (Article 40-41).
The withdrawal agreement also contains provisions for the United Kingdom to leave the Convention setting the status of European schools, with the United Kingdom bound by the Convention and accompanying regulations on accredited European schools until the end of the last academic year of the transition period, i.e. at the end of the spring semester 2020-2021.  The bill was reintroduced immediately after the general election and was the first bill introduced in the House of Commons in the first session of the 58th Parliament with amendments to the previous bill by the re-elected government and was read for the first time on December 19, just after the first reading of the Outlawries Bill and before the start of the debate on the Queen`s Speech.