I think the difference comes down to the fact this has to be primary legislation, since NI has never had an EAPC definition before. So it's not an amendment, which would have only needed a Statutory Regulation, which would have been sorted more or less immediately."After that, first and second reading in the assembly, and if no changes are made it goes for final reading and approval.
All being well, it will be accepted by the attorney general, and receive Royal Assent. After that it's law, and we can get on the road."
Might be totally wrong here, but i dont think the Welsh and Scottish assemblies had to go through this long-winded palava, wasn`t it a directive from the EU for member states to accept?
Primary legislation takes longer, and has to go through all the hurdles. Looking at the Welsh Assembly process, it looks more or less the same, introduction, assembly debates, assembly votes, amendment debates, then approval. All pretty much based on the Westminster model.
In any event, I don't believe Scotland or Wales had to go through this process, as only Northern Ireland has these functions devolved to it, as far as I am aware.
Looking at the EU directive, I think this defined what member states have to consider as an EAPC, however it didn't make it compulsory for a member state to actually exempt EAPCs from motor vehicle requirements. I'm pretty sure if it did there would have been a non compliance fine issued long ago...