European Union (Future Relationship) Bill Standing Order 46 having been with dispensed with, the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park), on behalf of Lord True, moved that the bill be now read a second time. Then Baroness Hayter of Kentish Town moved, as an amendment to the motion that the bill be now read a second time, at end to insert “and this House welcomes that the agreement with the European Union has avoided the United Kingdom leaving the transition period without a deal, but regrets the many shortcomings including the bureaucratic burdens, regulatory hurdles, relative neglect of the services sector, limited provision for mutual recognition of qualifications, uncertainty on regulation of data flows, and limited concessions on integrated supply chains outside the European Union, included in that agreement; further regrets the failure to secure all the vital shared tools on security and policing required to keep people safe; notes that there are considerable details yet to be negotiated; and calls on Her Majesty’s Government to work with Parliament and the devolved authorities (1) to establish robust oversight procedures over the remaining areas to be agreed and the implementation of those aspects already in the agreement, and (2) to move quickly to establish the Parliamentary Partnership Assembly jointly with the European Parliament.” Lord True made a statement on Legislative Consent. After debate, the amendment was disagreed to (see division 2). Then the original motion was agreed to and (Standing Order 47 having been dispensed with) the Committee was negatived. Lord Ashton of Hyde, on behalf of the Lord Privy Seal (Baroness Evans of Bowes Park), signified the Queen's consent. The bill was read a third time. Lord True moved that the bill do now pass. Then Lord Newby moved, as an amendment to the motion that this bill do now pass, to leave out from “that” to the end and insert “this House declines to allow the Bill to pass because it fails to meet the undertakings given to the people of the United Kingdom by the Prime Minister and other members of Her Majesty’s Government as it (1) implements the first free trade deal in history to put up new barriers to trade that will harm businesses and impose additional costs on consumers in the United Kingdom, (2) ends the mutual recognition of professional qualifications, (3) deprives the United Kingdom’s financial services sector of passporting rights, (4) deprives police in the United Kingdom of direct, real-time access to European Union law enforcement databases, (5) ends the United Kingdom’s participation in the Erasmus+ student exchange programme, (6) does not provide a grace period for businesses to prepare for and adapt to the new rules, and (7) will result in lower economic growth and less revenue for key public services; and because Her Majesty’s Government has failed to provide sufficient opportunity for Parliament or the public to scrutinise it properly.” The amendment was disagreed to (see division 3) and the bill was passed.
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