How will Brexit Britain untangle its legal ties with the EU?

Jay Anderson
July 15, 2017

"My issue was that this is incredibly important for the Swedish government and for the European Union and that it has to be made much more detailed in order to assure European Union citizens that they can rely on their rights".

In a sign that ministers are anxious about defeat, the bill will not be put to a vote until the autumn at the earliest.

The UK's government flagship Great Repeal Bill, which plans to scrap the European Communities Act and put all current EU law onto the British statute book, will face "hell" as it passes through the Houses of Parliament, Theresa May was warned on Thursday 13 July.

Jeremy Corbyn has held extended talks with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, as part of his bid to present himself as a prime minister-in-waiting, ready to take over the European Union withdrawal process if there is a change of government. An estimated 13.2 per cent of United Kingdom laws enacted between 1993 and 2004 are related to the European Union, according to Bloomberg and the House of Commons library.

Labour said Corbyn's meeting with Barnier marked its growing importance in the Brexit process - although Barnier insisted he would only negotiate with the government.

In a joint statement, first ministers Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones described the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill as a "naked power-grab" that undermined the principles of devolution.

"If the bill is not amended, there is no prospect of my government recommending the National Assembly should give legislative consent to it".

Shadow Brexit Secretary Keir Starmer demanded more parliamentary scrutiny as well as guarantees of workers' rights.

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The Theresa May-led ruling Conservatives are relying on the support of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) to win key votes after losing their Commons majority in the June general election.

"The bill proposes sweeping new powers for ministers that are fundamentally undemocratic, unaccountable and unacceptable".

As an EU member state, the United Kingdom faces the potential for infraction proceedings from the European Court of Justice if it fails to meet air pollution limits required by EU law.

Bill, the legislation is meant to provide "legal certainty" ahead of the UK's withdrawal from the Union.

Jeremy Corbyn today also met with the EU's chief Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier.

The Labour leader said that while respecting the referendum result, a Labour Brexit would be very different.

"I believe we can get a free trade negotiation concluded and a customs union agreement concluded in the [Brexit negotiating] period; what will be much more hard however is to get all the practical implementations that go with it", he told peers, adding that this was a problem "not so much for us" but for others.

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