Commons Library Briefings
The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-19 will have an impact on devolved powers. This is explained in the Devolution section in the Commons Library briefing on the Bill
Important changes in Scotland’s devolved powers were brought in following the independence referendum in 2014. These are embodied in the Scotland Act 2016. The following Library briefings look at these changes:
- Scotland Bill 2015-16: Prepared for Second Reading, 4 Jun 2015
- Scotland Bill 2015-15: Welfare & Employment Support, 4 Jun 2015
- Scotland Bill 2015-16: Committee stage report, 4 Nov 2015
- Devolution of financial powers to the Scottish Parliament: recent developments, 1 Mar 2016
The Scottish Government’s programme for the next year sets out its priorities for using its powers:
The Delegated Powers and Law Reform Committee inquiry has issued a call for evidence in relation to the European Union Withdrawal Bill 2017-19 and will consider:
- Whether it is appropriate for powers to be delegated to Scottish Ministers in the EU (Withdrawal) Bill
- The breadth of powers, are they drawn to widely?
- The correlation between the policy intention as expressed in the Delegated Powers Memorandum and what the Bill enables the Scottish Ministers to do in exercise of the power
- Whether the powers are subject to an appropriate level of parliamentary scrutiny
The Official Reports of meetings where evidence has been heard can be found on the Meeting Papers and Official Reports page.