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UK Parliament – Bite sized news round up

By September 8, 2017No Comments2 min read

Parliament was back to business this week. Here’s a bite sized news round up and items of note from next Mondays order of business in the Commons.

Labour accuse Tories of ‘power grab’ over committee rule changes [Politics Home]
Labour have accused the UK Government of making a ‘power grab’ over an attempt to put the Conservatives in charge of a series of Commons committees. The move, contained in a new motion tabled by Leader of the Commons Andrea Leadsom, would see Conservative MPs take extra seats on standing committees where the allocation of MPs would usually reflect the proportion of the parties elected to the House of Commons.

Tory MPs urge May to sack frontbenchers over support for Brexit letter [Politics Home]
Remain-backing Tory MPs have urged Theresa May to remove a minister and a Treasury aide over their support for a letter advocating a so-called ‘hard Brexit’.

Brexit: Davis and Starmer clash over key legislation [BBC News]
As the second reading of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill got underway on Thursday, the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis has accused Labour of a “cynical and unprincipled” bid to block the legislation. Labour backs Brexit, but the party says the bill is a “huge power grab” by ministers and it will vote against it in its current form.

EU ‘worried’ by UK’s Irish border proposals [BBC News]
EU Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, has said he is worried by the UK’s post-Brexit proposals for the Northern Ireland border.

Brexit bill ‘unacceptable’ says North Down MP Lady Hermon [BBC News NI]
North Down MP Lady Hermon has said she will not support the UK government’s Brexit bill moving all EU laws onto the UK statute books unless it is “heavily amended”.

Notable items of from the Commons’ Order Paper for Monday 11th September.

• Second day of second reading of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. Debate is scheduled to take place until midnight, if the 10:00pm Business of the House Motion is agreed to (which is likely).

• Motions to nominate Select Committees.