The EU (Withdrawal) Bill is now going through its crucial Committee stage in the House of Commons. Dominic Grieve has put down an amendment that would give force to the Hansard Society’s recommendations, which we endorse, for an strengthened scrutiny mechanism.
The committee stage of the Bill is being taken on the foloor of the house, which means that all members can vote on the amendments and that every vote counts. Please write to your MP urging him or her to support this amendment. You could use a form of words like:
I write to urge you to support efforts to strengthen parliamentary scrutiny of delegated legislation – not just under the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, but in the longer term as well. The more we are distanced in the future from the overarching framework of EU legislation, the more important it will be to have adequate domestic safeguards against legislative abuses.
Dominic Grieve’s Amendment 3, to be taken on Day 6 of Committee Stage, would enshrine in law the Hansard Society’s well thought-out and pragmatic proposals for a reformed scrutiny mechanism. I press you most strongly to support it.