The Government has announced that a new Bill will be introduced to implement the withdrawal agreement so that the deal the UK reaches with the EU can be put directly into UK domestic law. This includes the agreement reached on citizens' rights, any financial settlement and the implementation period.
 
This also means that Members of Parliament in the House of Commons and Members of the House of Lords will be able to debate, scrutinise and vote on the final agreement made with the EU. The commitment provided to both Houses of Parliament that they will have a meaningful vote on the final deal will not be affected. This will take place as soon as the deal agreed and before the European Parliament votes on it.

The Government has listened to, and will continue to listen to, suggestions from Members of Parliament to improve the legislation relating to the UK's exit from the EU and there can be no doubt that Parliament will have a full opportunity to have its say on the final agreement.

 

Dear Colleague, 

Today the Government has announced that, once we have reached an agreement with the EU, we will bring forward a new bill to implement the withdrawal agreement - a Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill. 

This is an important step in our negotiations with the EU. In announcing this Bill, I can confirm that major policies set out in the Withdrawal Agreement will be directly implemented into our domestic law by primary legislation. It is also important to the upcoming Committee stage of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill. 

Introducing new primary legislation specifically covering our withdrawal and implementation arrangements will further ensure that Parliament will be given time to debate, scrutinise and vote on the final agreement we strike with the EU. 

Of course, the exact details of our withdrawal arrangements are still subject to negotiation with the EU, which is why it is so important in the meantime that we press ahead with the EU (Withdrawal) Bill to ensure that we can deliver our exit in a smooth and orderly way. Powers in that Bill will, if necessary, still be used to make more technical changes that are appropriate for secondary legislation. However, we are clear that the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill will implement the major policies set out in the Withdrawal Agreement; that includes the agreement reached on citizens’ rights, any negotiated financial settlement and the details of an implementation period agreed between both sides. 

Parliamentary scrutiny of the exit process is of vital importance. We have listened, and will continue to listen, to proposals from Members across Parliament to improve the legislation. It is my objective that we work together across both Houses to achieve a smooth and stable exit from the EU. 

Finally, I can also confirm that the scrutiny of this new Bill does not change our commitment to give both Houses a meaningful vote on the final deal. This vote will take place as soon as possible after the final deal is agreed and before the European Parliament votes on it. There cannot be any doubt that Parliament will be involved at every step. 

RT HON DAVID DAVIS MP

SECRETARY OF STATE FOR EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION