Restoring Parliamentary Authority: EU Laws and British Scrutiny
November 2007, £5.00
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More than half of British laws originate each year in the EU. Many come into force without being debated in Westminster. The more the EU governs the less control we seem to have. Why is this?
Theresa May, Shadow Leader of the House of Commons, explains that the problem arises with the process of law-making in Brussels. Measures go through the EU system and reach Westminster without adequate scrutiny. Our Scrutiny Committee lacks power to force a debate or bind ministers; and no formal process for scrutinising new treaties exists.
What can be done? May proposes radical reform so that ministers are subject to Parliamentary approval and European measures can be adequately considered by and debated in Parliament.