On the agenda for this afternoon’s EU Withdrawal Bill Committee are powers to make changes to the Independent Monitoring Authority (IMA).

Read PLP’s two-page briefing here.

The Withdrawal Agreement (WA) requires the UK to have an independent authority to monitor the implementation and application of the citizens’ rights provisions of the WA after the end of the transition or implementation period.

This is an important safeguard for the rights of EU27 citizens in the UK after the end of the implementation period and ensures that there is a single authority with responsibility for monitoring the implementation of the citizens’ rights provisions of the WA.

Paragraphs 39 and 40 of Schedule 2 of the WAB contain provisions that may allow the Secretary of State to make fundamental changes to, and even abolish, the IMA by secondary legislation.

PLP therefore supports Amendment 37 to the WAB: “Schedule 2, page 59, line 15, leave out paragraphs 39 and 40”.

Read the briefing in full here.

It covers:

  • What the IMA is and how it will protect EU citizens’ rights
  • PLP’s concerns that the IMA could be undermined or abolished through delegated powers in the WAB
  • Possible questions for Parliamentarians to raise in relation to the IMA