March 19, 2010
Documents from the European Scrutiny Committee point that three additional measures have been limited to only four weeks scrutiny time because of the failure of Ministers to deposit the relevant documents with the Committee.
The Committee points out that this “contravenes the undertaking in Baroness Ashton’s statement on JHA opt-ins that the Government will place an Explanatory Memorandum before Parliament ‘as swiftly as possible and no later than ten working days after the publication of the proposal.'”
This is important stuff, as it strikes at the very heart of national democracy and scrutiny in the wake of the Lisbon Treaty (which, on the whole, reduces the role of national parliaments in EU decision making).
A shame so few people are paying attention.