Disqualifications Bill — 25 Jan 2000
I beg to move amendment No. 2, page 1, line 9, at end add--
'(2A) This section shall come into force on a day to be appointed by an order made by the Secretary of State; and the Secretary of State shall not make such an order unless he is satisfied that Members of the House of Lords and the House of Commons are qualified for membership of either House of the legislature of the Republic of Ireland'.
The concept of interparliamentary links implies links in both directions, but the Bill offers only a one-way link.
That lovely can of worms is now being opened up by the Bill, whereby people with dual citizenship or Irish citizens in this Parliament will be able to sit in the Dail, whereas, without reciprocity, English citizens such as myself will not. That seems to be contrary to article 14.
Question put, That the amendment be made:--
The Committee divided: Ayes 13, Noes 243.
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