Andrea Leadsom the Leader of the House of Commons confirmed to the Commons that the government would have the Second Reading of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) on the week beginning 3rd June.
The Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB) has still not been published. This is the piece of legislation that will implement the Withdrawal Agreement in domestic law. It’s crucial for protecting citizens rights, setting out the legal relationship between the UK and EU courts, and give effect to the Irish backstop.
This week, the EU27 made the decision to offer the UK an extension of Article 50 to the 31st October 2019. This is longer than May wanted when she wrote to the EU Council earlier this week (30th June) and less than the EU27 wanted (about a year).
We were supposed to leave the EU today. It’s safe to say that things have not gone exactly to plan. 11 p.m today remain significant nonetheless, the withdrawal agreement needs to be signed by then in order to secure an Article 50 extension to 22nd May. If Parliament does not pass the deal by then, the UK will have to decide whether to leave with no deal on April 12, revoke or seek a longer extension.
Tomorrow the Brexit Civil Society Alliance will be speaking at the Institute for Government seminar on “Negotiating the next phase of Brexit”. This is timely given the six-month extension for Brexit and the opportunity now for a period of reflection on how the government has fared so far.
Last week, the Brexit Civil Society Alliance, NPC and Lloyds Bank Foundation for England and Wales brought together leading organisations from the third sector to try and map out the role and mission for the social and wider voluntary sector through (and beyond) Brexit.
For the last 18 months the Brexit Civil Society Alliance has travelled the UK listening to concerns from local groups and voluntary organisations about the impacts on their organisations as we face leaving the EU.