The House of Lords Constitution Committee is required to report to the House on Bills of constitutional significance. The Committee’s practice is to publish a report once a Bill arrives in the House. However, the constitutional significance of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, which has just been introduced in the Commons, is such that the Committee has published an interim report, identifying three broad constitutional themes. ‘Those themes respectively concern the relationship between the Parliament and the executive, the rule of law and legal certainty, and the stability of the UK’s territorial constitution.’ We draw attention to the highly complex nature of the Bill and its convoluted drafting and structure. You can read the report here.
This is an interim report. The committee is embarking on a more detailed inquiry, which will draw out more fully the implications of the Bill’s provisions.