Sewel motion

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Sewel motion

a motion made in the Scottish Parliament which remits consideration of matters devolved to the Scottish Parliament by the UK Parliament, back to the UK Parliament. The procedure is named after Lord Sewel, the junior Scottish Office minister at the time of the progress of the Scotland Act. While the UK Parliament remained sovereign over even devolved matters it was stated by him that the government could see that there could be instances where it would be more convenient for legislation on devolved matters to be passed by the UK Parliament, but that by convention that would not normally happen without the consent of the Scottish Parliament. It became established by a Memorandum of Understanding between the UK Government and the devolved administrations (the Scottish Executive, the Welsh Assembly Cabinet and the Northern Ireland Executive) and was further detailed in a series of Devolution Guidance Notes. It accordingly operates in two directions. Sometimes Westminster may require to check that the Scottish aspect has been taken into account; sometimes the Scottish Executive has taken the opportunity of sending back to Westminster matters which they could have dealt with themselves but which are thought to be better considered in a UK context. The Sewel motion itself is passed in the Scottish Parliament ‘authorizing’ the UK process. It proceeds in form as an ordinary motion.
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The Welsh Labour Government voted a proposed new law aimed at cracking down on attacks on emergency workers should apply in Wales by backing a Legislative Consent Motion.
Ms Rees said: "Would the Secretary of State agree with me that, unless his Government agrees a common approach with devolved nations in advance of phase two of the negotiations, based on proper consideration of the evidence, it is unlikely that the Welsh Government will pass a legislative consent motion ratifying the EU Withdrawal Bill?
He said there was no need for Northern Ireland's regional parliament to pass a legislative consent motion before Article 50 is triggered.
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The move follows the Legislative Consent Motion lodged last week.
The Legislative Consent Motion tabled by Social Development Minister Mervyn Storey was passed by 70 votes to 22.
Some in the Bay think this is revenge from London on the Assembly as a whole for its voting against a legislative consent motion - in English, a request to agree - on police commissioners last year.
Mr Mundell confirmed the approval of the Scottish Parliament through a legislative consent motion would be required for the Bill, which is designed to transpose EU law into British law so the same rules apply on the day of Brexit as the day before.
Claire Sugden has secured Executive agreement to ask the Assembly to pass a Legislative Consent Motion to include "pardons for convictions relating to abolished homosexual offences" in the Policing and Crime Bill.
The SNP yesterday threatened to block the Bill by refusing a legislative consent motion in the Scottish Parliament, as a majority of Scots opposed Brexit.
Ms Sturgeon said the Scottish Government would seek to embed human rights protections in policy decisions as she criticised moves by the UK Government to repeal the Human Rights Act, insisting that any such development would require a legislative consent motion in the Scottish Parliament.
A legislative consent motion could be used at Holyrood to make it apply north of the Border too.

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