Constitution

What does the EU Withdrawal Bill mean for devolution? A visual guide.

On 13 July 2017 the UK Government introduced the EU (Withdrawal) Bill into the House of Commons. One of the elements of the Bill that has caused greatest debate since its publication is the impact the Bill will have on the devolved settlements. Differences have emerged in the views as to where powers over areas such as agriculture and fisheries should ‘return’ to after the UK exits the EU. The First Ministers’ of Wales and Scotland have described the Bill as a ‘naked power-grab’ whilst the UK Government has outlined their view that the Bill maintains ‘the current decision making powers of the devolved institutions’.

14 September 2017 

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On 13 July 2017 the UK Government introduced the EU (Withdrawal) Bill into the House of Commons. One of the elements of the Bill that has caused greatest debate since its publication is the impact the Bill will have on the devolved settlements. Differences have emerged in the views as to where powers over areas such as agriculture and fisheries should ‘return’ to after the UK exits the EU. The First Ministers’ of Wales and Scotland have described the Bill as a ‘naked power-grab’ whilst the UK Government has outlined their view that the Bill maintains ‘the​ ​current​ ​decision making​ ​powers​ ​of​ ​the​ ​devolved​ ​institutions’.

The Assembly’s Research Service and Chief Legal Adviser have designed a series of infographics which attempt to set out the current position, what the Bill proposes to do to change that position and the differences between the positions outlined by the UK Government and Welsh Government. Our introductory guide to the Bill provides more information on this issue as well as other key provisions in the Bill and how they may affect Wales.

Series of infographics that set out how the EU Withdrawal Bill may impact on devolution. The infographics are described in the text of the blog

 

Series of infographics that set out how the EU Withdrawal Bill may impact on devolution. The infographics are described in the text of the blog

 

Series of infographics that set out how the EU Withdrawal Bill may impact on devolution. The infographics are described in the text of the blog

Series of infographics that set out how the EU Withdrawal Bill may impact on devolution. The infographics are described in the text of the blog

Series of infographics that set out how the EU Withdrawal Bill may impact on devolution. The infographics are described in the text of the blog

Series of infographics that set out how the EU Withdrawal Bill may impact on devolution. The infographics are described in the text of the blog


Article by Nia Moss, David Millett National Assembly for Wales Research Service & Elisabeth Jones, National Assembly for Wales Chief Legal Adviser.