The government has tabled the most extraordinary statutory instrument as a result of Brexit.


And all this will be done without recourse to parliament. There will be non-taxation by Treasury edict without parliamentary consent.

An SI is rule without parliamentary consent.

So, given that near all EU stuff is enacted by SI then that’s near all EU stuff happens without parliamentary consent then, is it?

9 thoughts on “Blimey”

  1. Hold on, *non*-taxation without Parliamentary consent? I’m absolutely copacetic, ecstatic even by that. It’s *taxation* that should and does need the consent of Parliament. I don’t care a snuff what the government decides *NOT* to do with or without anybody’s consent.

  2. SI’s are by definition done by Parliamentary consent. Either by inaction for negative assent procedure or by action for positive assent procedure.

    Some primary legalisation allows for direct act by Minister or regulator (regulatory codes etc) but SIs are subject to Parliamentary approval.

  3. ” I don’t care a snuff what the government decides *NOT* to do with or without anybody’s consent.”

    I’d be quite upset if they failed to fund the armed forces. Which is ‘not’ defending the UK. Doing nothing is not entirely benign.

  4. Since the current UK armed forces would have difficulty fighting their way out of a wet paper bag, it’s hardly a funding problem is it, Jim?

  5. EU stuff all has parliamentary consent in that there’s an affirmative vote in the European Parliament.

  6. Statutory Instruments can only be tabled when Parliament has previously given the Minister authority to do so in a specific area.

  7. @PF October 11, 2019 at 5:38 pm


    @Richard Gadsden October 11, 2019 at 2:27 pm

    Wrong. EU – not European – Parliament can approve/reject whatever they wand and EU Commissioners can ignore them and enact whatever they want

  8. Bloke in North Dorset

    This boils down to not giving yourself powers you don’t want your opponents to have.

    The left has never understood that argument and Spud has to be one of the most egregious examples.

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