|Citation c. 5|
Territorial extent United Kingdom
|Introduced by William Hague|
Royal assent 31 January 2013
|Long title An Act to make provision consequential on the treaty concerning the accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union, signed at Brussels on 9 December 2011, and provision consequential on the Protocol on the concerns of the Irish people on the Treaty of Lisbon, adopted at Brussels on 16 May 2012; and to make provision about the entitlement of nationals of the Republic of Croatia to enter or reside in the United Kingdom as workers.|
The European Union (Croatian Accession and Irish Protocol) Act 2013 (c. 5) is an Act of Parliament of the United Kingdom introduced to the House of Commons by William Hague. The Act made provisions consequential on the Treaty concerning the Accession of the Republic of Croatia to the European Union and on the Protocol on the concerns of the Irish people on the Treaty of Lisbon.
- Section 1 Approval of Croatian Accession Treaty
- Section 2 Approval of Irish Protocol
- Section 3 Addition of Croatian Accession Treaty and Irish Protocol to list of Treaties
- Section 4 Freedom of movement for Croatian nationals as workers
- Section 5 Orders under section 4 Parliamentary control
- Section 6 Extent commencement and short title
The Bill was discussed on the 6 and 27 November 2012 and passed and sent to the House of Lords on 27 November 2012. It had its third reading in the Lords on 21 January 2013. Royal Assent was given on 31 January 2013.
There are six sections of the Act.
Section 1: Approval of Croatian Accession Treaty
This section amends the European Union Act 2011, so as to accept the accession of Croatia to the European Union, and certifies that this does not require a referendum.
Section 2: Approval of Irish Protocol
The second section accepts the approval of the Irish Protocol, and certifies that this does not require a referendum. The Protocol adapted the Lisbon Treaty in June 2009.
Section 3: Addition of Croatian Accession Treaty and Irish Protocol to list of Treaties
This section adds the accession of Croatia and the Irish Protocol to the European Communities Act 1972.
Section 4: Freedom of movement for Croatian nationals as workers
This section amends the rights of Croatian nationals to work in the United Kingdom, including provisions of the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006 and makes an offence the employment of a Croatian national without authorisation.
Section 5: Orders under section 4: Parliamentary control
This section sets out how provisions made under section 4 will be approved by both Commons and Lords.
Section 6: Extent, commencement and short title
This section confirms the extent of the Act throughout the United Kingdom and its short name.