Yesterday, the House of Commons held its fourth day of the committee stage of the EU Bill. MPs discussed Clauses 7-10 (agreed without amendment) and Clause 14 (agreed with an amendment) contained in Part 1 of the Bill.
During the debate Bill Cash made the following interventions:
During the third day of the committee stage of the EU Bill, on 25 January, (Decisions Requiring Approval by Act and by Refenrendum), Bill Cash made the following interventions:
During this week first debate on the committee stage of the EU bill, Bill Cash made the following interventions:
The European Scrutiny Committee published last Friday its report “The EU Bill: Restrictions on Treaties and Decisions relating to the EU.”
The European Scrutiny Committee reached the following conclusions on the referendum issues under the EU Bill, with the aim of informing the consideration of the Bill in Committee.
To recall, last September, the European Commission presented, the expected, legislative proposals, on the so-called Economic Governance in the EU and EMU. The Commission proposed broader and enhanced surveillance of fiscal policies as well as macroeconomic policies and structural reforms. Member States will be monitored not just for excessive deficits and debts, but also for imbalances and falling competitiveness. Although the UK would not be subject to sanctions, some of the Commission proposals on economic coordination and surveillance would also apply to the UK, which is unacceptable.
The Daily Telegraph, today, reports: “ The EU is seeking new "budgetary surveillance" powers to vet the British budget before it is presented to parliament, according to government officials.” It particularly refers to an “EU directive setting out a "European fiscal framework" and the rules for EU "budgetary surveillance"”
Moreover, it points out that Bill cash “warn that the directive threatened both the government and parliament's sovereignty.”
Bill Cash, was quoted saying "The direction in which our increased fiscal obligations to the EU are heading gives cause for great concern because they affect our own budgetary arrangements,"
"We must, emphatically, fight budget arrangements which come with tax and spending implications,"
"We talk tough but don't do anything tough. It's no good saying we oppose it. We have to put our foot down and say No."
On 11 January, Bill Cash MP made the following speech in the House of Commons on the Committee stage of the European Union Bill.
Please read: ‘The Sovereignty Letters: Bill Cash-David Cameron on sovereignty amendments to EU Bill’ on page 11 of The European Journal.
Ahead of the vote on vital sovereignty amendments to Clause 18 of the EU Bill on 11 January, Bill Cash MP and Bernard Jenkin MP and others issued the following Memorandum.
"...what legal advice he has (a) commissioned and (b) received on the European Financial Stability Mechanism in relation to its application to the UK; and if he will place in the Library a copy of the advice he has received.” and
“...what legal advice he has (a) sought and (b) received on the compatibility of the European Financial Stability Mechanism with provisions of the Treaties (i) prior to and (ii) subsequent to agreement to Council Regulation No. 407/2010; and if he will make a statement.”
Bill Cash asked, yesterday, to the Prime Minister: “Will my right hon. Friend explain why at every turn-the City of London, the investigation order, economic governance of Europe and the stabilisation mechanism-the coalition Government under his premiership are acquiescing in more European integration, not less? And there is no repatriation of powers."