SNP Kirsty Blackman, the great Repeal Bill and English Votes for English Laws (EVEL)

SNP MP for Aberdeen North, Kirsty Blackman, has asked the Prime Minister, Teresa May, about any intention to apply EVEL (English Votes for English Laws) when dealing with the great Repeal Bill.

All EU law will be brought into UK statute by a Great Repeal Bill set to be unveiled in the Queen’s Speech later this year.

With this in mind the SNPs Kirsty Blackman asked the PM:

Will the Prime Minister provide a commitment today that no part of the great repeal Bill will be subject to English votes for English laws?
The Prime Minister responded with:

The hon. Lady might recognise that the great repeal Bill will deal with a number of complex issues. At its heart will be the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972. As we look at the Bill and at negotiating our way out of the European Union, we will need to look at the whole issue of reserved matters and devolved matters, but there are many aspects...."
At this point there was an interruption and the Speaker had to intervene.

Mr Speaker:

Order. Members of the Scottish National party, led by the right hon. Member for Moray (Angus Robertson) on the Front Bench, who is supposed to be a statesmanlike figure, should demonstrate some calm and reserve while they are being answered by the Prime Minister.
The Prime Minister continued:

The hon. Lady knows full well that if any part of proposed legislation brought before this House applies only to England, it will be subject to English votes for English laws.
The SNP MP Kirtsty Blackman then took to Twitter: The following is joined text from a number of tweets. The original tweets can be seen here.

"Because the Great Repeal Bill will cover such a wide swathe of policy and because there are likely to be a great number of amendments it's impossible to predict the range of issues that could come up, and it's impossible to predict which of these could be EVELed.

But it is within power of UKG to say they won't subject any of it to EVEL."
The Hansard text can be read here.
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