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European Union (Withdrawal) Act: Publication of Negative Sls

Volume 644: debated on Wednesday 4 July 2018

With the Royal Assent of the EU (Withdrawal) Act 2018, the Government have started laying affirmative statutory instruments to prepare the statute book for exit. The Government will not lay negative statutory instruments requiring sifting until the necessary procedures for establishing the new Committee in the Commons and the expansion of the remit of the House of Lords’ Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee are concluded. However, the Government are starting to publish final drafts of the negative statutory instruments that require sifting (“proposed negatives”) on as they are ready. This is to increase transparency and to allow Parliament and the public to have early sight of the forthcoming legislation.