What laws have been lost after Parliament’s suspension? – the BBC

  • Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament means 13 high-profile government bills have been lost, including a law protecting victims of domestic abuse and key pieces of post-Brexit legislation.
  • Only three pieces of legislation were carried over, meaning laws setting up post-Brexit arrangements for immigration, fishing, trade and agriculture as well as bills reforming divorce law, introducing tougher sentencing for animal cruelty and protecting public toilets all fell.
  • The bills can be re-introduced after Parliament returns on 14 October if the government chooses to do so but all progress made is lost and MPs and peers must start their scrutiny from scratch.
  • Trade Bill
    • Having entered Parliament in 2017, the Trade Bill would have given the UK the powers to implement new trade deals and set up a Trades Remedies Authority.
    • It had been through months of debate and re-writes in both Houses but stalled at the final hurdle after the House of Lords had approved changes that the government could have been defeated on in the Commons.
    • Because this bill was near the end of its parliamentary journey, it couldn’t have been carried over, meaning the government either had to pass it or lose it.
  • Fisheries Bill
    • Shadow fisheries minister Luke Pollard said the Fisheries Bill was a “day one necessity” in the event of a no-deal Brexit and that there is no chance of passing the necessary legislation due to prorogation.
    • He called the loss of progress “a betrayal of coastal communities”.

With a general election on the horizon, Parliament will be closed again. The Brexit bills will either need to be passed quickly – limiting scrutiny – or face another delay.

Brexit: Labour urges Parliament recall after no-deal Brexit papers released – the BBC

Shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer said the Yellowhammer document confirms there are “severe risks” if the UK leaves the EU without a deal.
  • MPs forced the release of the file before Parliament was suspended.
  • Defence Secretary Ben Wallace said the government was mitigating the risks.
  • He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme the planning document only showed what might happen “if the government didn’t do anything about it”.
  • The Yellowhammer file, which is redacted in parts and almost identical to a version leaked to the Sunday Times last month, was released on Wednesday. It says in a reasonable worst-case scenario a no-deal Brexit could lead to:
    • a “decrease” in certain types of fresh food and “shorter supply” of key ingredients
    • price rises for food and fuel, which would “disproportionately” affect those with low incomes
    • “disruption lasting up to six months” potentially affecting medicines and medical supplies
    • protests and counter-protests across the UK
    • lorries waiting for more than two days to cross the English Channel
  • On the Northern Ireland border, the report says the current plans for “no new checks with limited exceptions” are “likely to prove unsustainable due to a significant economic, legal and biosecurity risks”.
  • Former PM Gordon Brown said the government was “still not telling the truth” about the “sheer scale” of the possible effects of no deal.
  • Brussels still waiting for ‘concrete’ Brexit proposals from the UK — Barnier – the FT

    • The EU’s chief Brexit negotiator has said Brussels is still waiting for comprehensive proposals from the UK on how to prevent a hard Irish border, as he warned that a no-deal exit remains a possibility.
    • At the time I am speaking to you, we do not have reasons to be optimistic”, he told the MEPs, according to a published copy of his remarks. “We will see in the coming weeks if the British are in a position to make concrete written proposals which are legally operational.”
    • Mr Johnson has vowed to remove and replace “backstop” plans for a hard Irish border that the EU agreed on with Theresa May as part of a 585 page exit treaty.
    • Mr Barnier told parliament chiefs that any solution must ensure there is no border, protect the EU’s single market and avoid disruption to the all-Ireland economy.
    • Mr Barnier said Mr Johnson’s threats to, if necessary, take Britain out of the EU without a deal seemed to be an attempt to ramp up pressure on the bloc to compromise, “as if this prospect could lead us to renounce our principles”.
    • The chief negotiator warned that the market access the EU is prepared to offer will be linked to Britain’s willingness to respect EU regulatory standards, amid UK attempts to water down previous commitments made by Mrs May. “It is clear the level of ambition of a future free trade agreement will be defined in view of the guarantees given by the UK.”
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