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Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 16th July

Clear the Lobby: What laws are MPs voting on this week? – w/c 16th July

Welcome to our weekly feature courtesy of Sebastian Salek, the brains behind Clear the Lobby, working to bring you all the laws MPs are voting on this week, and explained in plain English!

It’s the last full week before summer recess. Two big Brexit bills are back in Parliament, both of which could be amended to keep the EU in a customs union. There are plenty of amendments to be voted on, so it’s all eyes on Theresa May to see if she can keep her party in check and avoid a government defeat. Also watch Boris Johnson, who could give a resignation speech that’s unlikely to reflect well on the prime minister…

 

Monday 16 July

Taxation (Cross-Border Trade) Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland
Sets out a new Customs regime for the UK after leaving the EU, including how VAT and excise will operate. The bill allows for scenarios including a Brexit transition period and a no-deal outcome.
Read the latest draft bill

 

Tuesday 17 July

Anti-Loitering Devices (Regulation) Bill
Requires local authorities to have a licence to operate anti-loitering devices, a deterrent that emits a loud and painful sound that can only be heard by certain age groups, including children and teenagers. Ten minute rule motion presented by Giles Watling.

Trade Bill – report stage and 3rd reading
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland
Gives details about three aspects of post-Brexit trade: lays out how international trade deals can be implemented, establishes the Trade Remedies Authority (a body for investigating and taking action against unfair trading practices that damage UK industry), and states how HMRC will be able to collect and disclose information about exporters
Read the latest draft bill

 

Wednesday 18 July

Access to Welfare (Terminal Illness Definition) Bill
Changes the definition of terminal illness for social security purposes. Ten minute rule motion presented by Madeleine Moon.

Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill – consideration of Lords amendments
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland
Allows the regulator Ofgem to impose temporary price caps on energy companies’ default plans. The intention is to prevent people who haven’t switched tariff or supplier from paying above the odds. In 2016 the Competition and Markets Authority found that these default plans contributed £1.6bn of excess profits to the Big Six energy companies
Read the latest draft bill

 

Thursday 19 July

No votes scheduled

 

Friday 20 July

No votes scheduled

 

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