This clause gives Members the right to authorize the extension of the transition period. The powers and rules of the withdrawal agreement to guarantee the rights of EU citizens will be implemented. They urge the government to avoid loopholes in family reunification provisions, for example by reconciling UK immigration rules with Dublin III rules and negotiating a replacement agreement with the EU. Three clauses and an entire timetable have been removed. Five clauses were added and several clauses were amended. A legal obligation to negotiate with the EU does not itself lead to an agreement. This is not just in the gift of the British government, as it requires EU cooperation in a complex period of negotiations on a number of priorities. The new clause provides for the government to present to Parliament a statement on its policy on future agreements between the UK and the EU with regard to the family reunification of unaccompanied children seeking international protection. Deadlines for any discussion on divorce bill payments, the possibility of debating until March 2021.
This is consistent with other clauses that remove any possibility of extending the transition period. We remain firmly committed to seeking mutual agreement with the EU on the family reunification of unaccompanied children, and we do not ask that the withdrawal agreement complete it. Clause 31, which must provide for Parliament`s approval of negotiations on future relations in the October act, has disappeared. Under the old bill, the House of Commons should have approved the government`s negotiating objectives in the next phase of the talks. The parliamentary approval process for future relations agreements, which will be negotiated with the EU at a later date, has also disappeared. Section 17 of the 2018 Act obliges the government to negotiate an agreement with the EU. Such an agreement would facilitate the family reunification of unaccompanied children who have applied for asylum in the EU and who have a parent in the UK (or vice versa). There are circumstances in which a bill can obtain royal approval without the approval of the House of Lords, but with the exception of silver bills, this can only be done after a period of at least one year from second reading of the Commons (in accordance with the 1949 Parliament Act). An agreement on the family reunification of unaccompanied children is being negotiated with the EU and not just a gift from the UK. That is why, on 22 October, the Minister of the Interior proactively wrote to the European Commission to start negotiations on this subject. Section 37 of the Act amends our legal obligation to make a political statement to Parliament on this matter.