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On 16 May 2018, the House of Lords considered the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill at third reading. Lord Adonis (Labour) moved the following amendment to the motion “that this bill do now pass”:

At end insert “and, in the light of the vital importance of the issues raised to the future of the United Kingdom, this House urges the Leader of the House to make representations to government colleagues to ensure amendments made by the House of Lords to the Bill are considered as soon as possible”.

Following debate, the amendment was withdrawn and not moved to a division. Paragraph 8.151 of the Companion to the Standing Orders provides full details of the ‘passing’ procedure, in particular how Members can oppose the motion or put down amendments to it:

The motion “that this bill do now pass” is moved immediately after third reading has been agreed to or, if amendments have been tabled, as soon as the last amendment has been disposed of. The motion is usually moved formally. It may be opposed, and reasoned or delaying amendments, of which notice must be given, may be moved to it, but in other circumstances there is normally no substantive debate. Any remarks should be brief and should not seek to reopen debates at previous stages of the bill.

This Briefing sets out some further examples of where such amendments have been tabled and/or moved. It does not constitute procedural advice. Members requiring such advice should consult the Legislation Office’s A Guide to Public Bills in the House of Lords (May 2015) and contact the Legislation Office with any further enquiries.


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