MIL-OSI UK: Lords debates Brexit and the Union

Source: British House Of Lords News

16 January 2019
Members of the Lords, including a constitutional advisor to the Secretary of State for Scotland and an advisory council member of national debate forum These Islands, will debate the possible effects of Brexit on the stability of the Union of the parts of the United Kingdom, in the House of Lords on Thursday 17 January.

This is a general debate. They normally take place on a Thursday in the chamber. During debates, members are able to put their experience to good use, discussing current issues and drawing the government’s attention to concerns.
The debate was proposed by Lord Lisvane (Crossbench), former chief executive of the House of Commons.
Members expected to take part include:
Lord Empey (Ulster Unionist Party), former Lord Mayor of Belfast and member of the Northern Ireland Assembly
Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town (Labour), Lords opposition spokesperson for exiting the EU and constitutional affairs
Lord Hay of Ballyore (Democratic Unionist Party), president of the Northern Ireland Assembly branch of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association
Lord McInnes of Kilwinning (Conservative), constitutional advisor to the Secretary of State for Scotland
Baroness O’Neill of Bengarve (Crossbench), member of the advisory council for national debate forum These Islands
Lord Thomas of Gresford (Liberal Democrat), former Liberal Democrat spokesperson for Welsh Affairs
Lord Wigley (Plaid Cymru), former leader of the opposition in the National Assembly for Wales
Lord Young of Cookham (Conservative), Lords spokesperson in the Cabinet Office, will respond on behalf of the government.
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MIL-OSI UK: Lords debate report on possibility of post-Brexit UK-EU security treaty

Source: British Parliament News

14 January 2019
On Wednesday 16 January 2019, the House of Lords will debate the EU Home Affairs Sub-Committee’s report on Brexit: the proposed UK-EU security treaty.

Background
The Committee’s report, published on 11 July 2018, examines the feasibility of the Government’s ambition to negotiate a single, comprehensive security treaty with the EU. The Committee called on the Government and the EU to make pragmatic compromises on security matters to achieve the over-riding objective of protecting the safety of UK and EU citizens after Brexit. Among other things, the report concluded that insufficient progress has been made in negotiating a comprehensive security treaty, an abrupt end to cooperation in March 2019 would seriously undermine the security of the UK and EU, and that serious difficulties are posed by the constitutional restrictions of some Member States on the extradition of their own nationals.
The Government’s response was received in September 2018. Although the Government gave full consideration to the majority of the Committee’s conclusions and recommendations, there were still outstanding areas of concern. The Committee wrote to Rt Hon Nick Hurd MP, Minister of State for Policing and the Fire Service, in November 2018 seeking clarification on the Government’s ambition to reach a single security agreement relatively quickly and on its preparations for what could be an operational cliff-edge at the end of the transition period.
Speakers
The debate is being moved by Lord Jay of Ewelme and Baroness Williams of Trafford will respond on behalf of the Government. Speakers will include Lord Browne of Ladyton, Baroness Ludford and Lord Ricketts.
Other Members of the House of Lords who are due to speak in the debate can be viewed on the Government Whips’ Office Speakers’ Lists.
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MIL-OSI UK: Committee question former Secretary of State David Davis MP

Source: British Parliament News

10 January 2019
The European Scrutiny Committee hears from The Rt Hon David Davis MP, Former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, as part of its inquiry on the UK Exit from the European Union.

Witness
Wednesday 16 January 2019, Committee Room 6, Palace of Westminster
At 2.30pm
Rt Hon David Davis MP, Former Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union
Purpose of the session
The evidence session will cover the following area:
To explore the manner and conduct of Brexit negotiations
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MIL-OSI UK: Has the ‘meaningful vote’ set a precedent for how Parliament approves treaties?

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11 December 2018
Witnesses from the Hansard Society, the Law Society of Scotland, Global Justice Now and the Trade Justice Movement give evidence as part of the Constitution Committee’s inquiry on Parliamentary Scrutiny of Treaties.

Witnesses
Wednesday 12 December in Committee Room 1, Palace of Westminster
At 10.30am
Dr Brigid Fowler, Senior Researcher, Hansard Society
Michael Clancy OBE, Director of Law Reform, Law Society of Scotland
Then at 11.15am
Nick Dearden, Director, Global Justice Now
David Lawrence, Senior Political Adviser, Trade Justice Movement
Possible questions
Has the ‘meaningful vote’ on the Withdrawal Agreement set a precedent for how treaties should be approved in the future?
What changes are required for Parliament to scrutinise treaties more effectively after Brexit?
Is a select committee the most appropriate vehicle for the scrutiny of treaties?
What role should the devolved governments have throughout the various stages of the treaty process? What structures or processes does Parliament need to scrutinise treaties effectively?
Should there be different rules or scrutiny processes for different types of treaties?
Are there other legislatures you are aware of that conduct treaty scrutiny particularly effectively?
What involvement should the public and stakeholders have in the process of treaty negotiation? What form of consultation would be both effective and useful?
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