The European Union Bill commences the final stages of the Parliamentary process on 8 March 2011. It will enforce referenda for future transferrals of power to the EU and restructures the UK’s election of MEPs. However, potentially the most fundamental constitutional consequences will derive from the final and shortest part of the bill, Clause 18, the Government–designated ‘sovereignty clause’.
Conservatives who trusted in William Hague’s reputation as a eurosceptic must be profoundly disappointed. In the last nine months or so, this Conservative-led government has been handing powers to Brussels faster than the previous Labour administration did before it. We’ve had the EU diplomatic service; a whole new EU financial regulation structure; the EU Investigation Order; and the roll-over on the budget. This government has no business to ask us to trust it on Europe, and its EU Bill conferred no new powers on parliament or on the people – in effect, it merely asked us to keep trusting the government, on an issue where it clearly has not earned our trust, and appears to have no intention of attempting to do so.
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 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.
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.