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1. The Parliamentary process from here?
A reminder of what happens now... #netzero

'The Climate Act 2008 (2050 Target Amendment) Order 2019'


2. Now, despite all the rejoicing yesterday (rightly so, no detracting here!), the statutory instrument amending the CCA has only been "laid", not passed...
3. Dangerous chat about proroguing Parliament aside, we still live in a democracy (!) so the Government (the Executive) can't just pass laws without the consent of Parliament (the Legislature), so this secondary instrument must also pass...
4. There are different types of statutory instruments with different procedures. This one is subject to 'affirmative resolution procedure' which means a motion approving it has to be passed by both the Commons & Lords
5. Unlike primary legislation, which begins its process in either the Commons or the Lords, secondary legislation is laid simultaneously in both houses
6. Statutory Instruments are then considered by 2 parliamentary committees, Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments (Commons & Lords) & Lords' Secondary Legislation Committee
7. As a matter of courtesy, Gov waits for committees to report before debating the motion in the Commons, however Lords MUST wait for JCSI to report on affirmative SI before debating, unless House agrees a "dispensing motion"
8. Committee Turnaround time is roughly 3 weeks, but the Government can request expedited consideration which, if agreed by Chair & committee, would take roughly 1 week.
9. Once this has been done, the SI can either be debated on the floor of the House or, in Commons, be referred to Delegated Legislation Committee (16-18 MPs).
10. Quickest way would be for PM or BEIS soS to move the motion for debate and approval on the floor of the House.
11. The House can only consider an SI on the motion that this House/Committee "has considered the instrument".
12. Once debated by House/DLC, the motion to approve it is put "forthwith" (I.e. Without further debate) on the floor of the House.
13. Once approved in both Houses, SI goes back to Minister...

And finally, once minister has signed, the SI will come into force - become law - on date stated in SI. That could be the very next day...
14. Whilst it sounds complicated, with the will of whips, ministers, 2 x committees and voting MPs... this process could be completed in a matter of days...!
15. And theennnnn....

Then we can have a debate about which date we can inaugurate as #netzero day!
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