On Tuesday 18 April the Prime Minister stated that she wanted a General Election to take place on Thursday 8 June, just two years after the last UK General Election in 2015. The reasons the Prime Minister outlines for doing so are related to the UK’s exit from the European Union. However, it is no longer in the Prime Minister’s “gift” to call an election. Due to the Fixed-term Parliaments Act 2011 certain procedures must take place in Parliament before an election can be called.
Whilst the precise timeline and details for the introduction of Brexit related legislation is unknown the UK Government’s White Paper on the Great Repeal Bill makes clear that in addition to the Bill itself other pieces of primary UK legislation and a significant amount of subordinate legislation will need to be passed before the UK exits the EU. In Wales, in addition to considering Brexit-related subordinate legislation introduced by Welsh Ministers, Assembly Members and Committees are also likely to wish to scrutinise the impacts of any relevant UK primary legislation on Wales.
On Thursday 30 March, the day after the Prime Minister triggered Article 50, the UK Government published the White Paper, Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union. That is the so-called ‘Great Repeal Bill’ White Paper.
How an Assembly committee is investigating relations between institutions.
The Constitutional and Legislative Affairs Committee is undertaking an inquiry into inter-institutional working in order:
- To produce best practice principles for inter-institutional working for constitutional legislation.
- To reflect and build on the work of other legislatures on inter-institutional working as it relates to broader policy areas.
- To seek, establish and promote opportunities for inter-parliamentary working, including promotion of citizen engagement.
The devolution settlement is changing under the Wales Act 2017 which received royal assent on 31 January 2017. This article explores what this means for energy and environmental powers in Wales, and also highlights the different attitudes to the devolution of powers following withdrawal from the EU.