Brexit, the General Election and the Parliamentary Process

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A few weeks ago I published a guide to how the official Brexit process will mesh with the work Government and Parliament must do to ensure that EU law has been replaced or incorporated by March 2019.

I’ve now updated it to take into account the General Election and the impact that will have (the timing is pretty good in terms of the negotiations but it will further limit time available to scrutinise key legislation such as the Great Reform Bill).

There are a few new dates for your diary:

  • Queen’s Speech likely w/c 19 June
  • Select Committee Chairs, including for the Committee for Exiting the European Union, likely to be elected w/c 16 July
  • If we’re lucky Select Committee members will be appointed before the Commons rises for the summer recess, with programme of work potentially announced early September before the conference recess (committees are likely to be largely ineffectual until October)

The documents aim to bring together everything we know or can assume about the timetable, including estimates of when the Great Repeal Bill will go through its various stages in Parliament, when consultations will take place, and when secondary legislation will be laid before Parliament.

This is important to know – if organisations do not know what to expect, they may miss an opportunity to scrutinise and respond to, or simply plan for, proposed changes. This will further weaken the legislative process – civil servants drafting the legislation will not receive the input they need, and the Commons and Lords, already struggling with the sheer volume of primary and secondary legislation, may not catch whatever needs to be corrected.

Do take a look and please let me know if you have further suggestions. It’s a work in progress!

Word document and explanatory notes: Brexit, the GE, and the Parliamentary Process

Excel / graphic: Timeline for Brexit and Parl Process

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