Will the first Parliamentary row of the autumn be over this obscure committee?

By the back door: Theresa May wants to inflict hundreds of “corrections” (read: perversions) on EU laws before allowing them onto the UK statute book.

This Writer had never before heard of the obscure Committee of Selection – but its members will decide whether the minority Conservative government will be able to pervert thousands of EU laws, without a single vote in Parliament.

The Tories want to pass a huge number of Statutory Instruments (SIs) – legislation that does not require a vote in Parliament as it does not change the broad framework of an Act, but only the details of its operation.

For the Tories, the Repeal Bill represents an opportunity to steal rights from UK citizens – and already the alarm has been raised over workers’ and consumers’ rights, environmental standards and devolved powers.

In the last Parliament, the Conservatives claimed five of the nine MPs on the committee, but officials have advised they are entitled to four only, after their Commons majority was destroyed. Nevertheless, they are insisting on keeping their five representatives.


They have lost their Parliamentary majority; they do not have the right to try to bully anybody – especially as they are trying corruptly to strip us of our hard-earned rights.

And, without domination of the committee, will the Tories press ahead with their underhand plan?

Theresa May is accused of trying to break parliamentary rules in order to ram through controversial law changes after Brexit.

The Conservatives are demanding to pack a crucial decision-making committee with their own MPs, despite losing their Commons majority at the election, The Independent can reveal.

Now Opposition parties plan to join forces to derail the attempted fix, in what threatens to be the first autumn Parliamentary clash over leaving the EU.

Read more: Tories attempt to hijack powerful decision-making committee to ram through new post-Brexit laws

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  1. PJB August 14, 2017 at 9:56 pm - Reply

    Democcrocy is dying pretty fast with these evil doers in power.

  2. Paul Rutherford August 15, 2017 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Never heard of it either. TY for the heads up.

  3. marcusdemowbray August 15, 2017 at 7:02 am - Reply

    The Opposition parties must unite fast and fully.

  4. jill4gaza August 15, 2017 at 9:07 am - Reply


  5. Dez August 15, 2017 at 9:54 am - Reply

    Brilliant. Such a critical conversion for all things legal should not be dominated by these hooray henry buffoons. I hope the challenge will be robust and successful as much of the legislation whilst inconvenient and costly to the industrialists actually made a lot of common sense to the actual population that keeps these greedy industrialists in the luxury they currently enjoy. Hopefully this will be picked up by one of those public lobby groups that promotes a parliamentary petition or access to your own MPs to canvass them to wake up and smell the coffee.

  6. Barry Davies August 15, 2017 at 3:03 pm - Reply

    Why on earth would the uk which actually introduced most of the workers rights decide to ignore them now, we actually had better rights before membership of the eu allowed the last few governments to water them down. The eu is not any use for the ordinary person.

    • Mike Sivier August 16, 2017 at 11:20 am - Reply

      Because the members of the government have changed, and so has their attitude.

      Theresa May could care a fig about workers’ rights.

    • Mike Sivier August 16, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

      Because the people in power then are no longer in power now.

      Theresa May couldn’t care a fig for workers’ rights.

  7. corneleus5 August 15, 2017 at 9:29 pm - Reply

    Did you read today about the 5 year shut-down of Big Ben? Did you see the oversize Tory preaching “All because of health and safety. I say to those workers: “Just stop moaning and get on with it!” This is what they are looking for. Taking those bloody working classes back to where they belong! I say, if it is no problem, then he should prove it by putting his desk in the tower and getting on with his babble that he calls work! They clearly mark us as their enemy which is why they got many foreign workers here to take our jobs. It is time these old slave sellers were shipped out of what was the best country in the world and then be made to work for made to work for their living! This on top of their “Austerity measures” applied only to the working classes! Also remember, if they start a war, then let them fight it!

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