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The Repeal Bill

The government has now published what used to be known as the Great Repeal Bill but has had to drop the ‘Great’ as adjectives are not allowed to be used in Bill titles. It’s official title is the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

The Bill is designed to ensure that the UK exits the EU with maximum certainty, continuity and control. As far as possible, the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before. This will allow the UK to leave the EU while ensuring that our future laws will be made in London, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff.

For businesses, workers and consumers across the UK that means they can have confidence that they will not be subject to unexpected changes on the day we leave the EU. It also delivers on our promise to end the supremacy of EU law in the UK.

The Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, David Davis, said: “This Bill means that we will be able to exit the European Union with maximum certainty, continuity and control. That is what the British people voted for and it is exactly what we will do – ensure that the decisions that affect our lives are taken here in the UK.

It is one of the most significant pieces of legislation that has ever passed through Parliament and is a major milestone in the process of our withdrawal from the European Union.

By working together, in the national interest, we can ensure we have a fully functioning legal system on the day we leave the European Union.

The eyes of the country are on us and I will work with anyone to achieve this goal and shape a new future for our country.”

The Repeal Bill is a mechanism to achieve three simple aims:

  • Repeal the European Communities Act, remove supremacy of EU law and return control to the UK.
  • Convert EU law into UK law where appropriate, giving businesses continuity to operate in the knowledge that nothing has changed overnight, and providing certainty that rights and obligations will not be subject to sudden change.
  • Create the necessary temporary powers to correct the laws that no longer operate appropriately so that our legal system continues to function outside the EU.

The Bill sets out how we will prepare our statute book for exit but will not make major changes to policy or legislation beyond what is necessary to ensure the law continues to work properly on day one.

As we exit the EU we want to ensure power sits closer to the people of the UKthan ever before. The Bill will ensure that nothing changes for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland – they will not lose any of their current decision-making powers.

The Government expects there will be a significant increase in the decision-making power of each devolved administration.

As powers are repatriated from the EU, the Government will ensure they are exercised within the UK in a way that ensures no new barriers to living and doing business within the UK are created. This will protect the UK internal market, ensuring we have the ability to strike the best trade deals around the world, protect our common resources, and fulfil our international obligations.

The Government has already made clear that as the Bill affects the powers of the devolved administrations and legislates in devolved areas, we will seek the consent of the devolved legislatures for the Bill. We would like all parts of the UK to come together in support of this legislation, which is crucial to delivering the outcome of the referendum.

The Bill will also provide the Government with a limited power to implement elements of the withdrawal agreement we expect to reach with the EU before we exit.

We are clear we want a smooth and orderly exit and the Bill is integral to that approach.

To ensure we are prepared for the process of withdrawal from the EU, the Government will also introduce a number of Bills over the course of the next two years including a Customs Bill and an Immigration Bill.

The Repeal Bill means we can make corrections to EU law so that it functions as UK law – this could involve changing a reference to a particular piece of EUlaw or transferring important functions from EU institutions to UKinstitutions, depending on the outcome of the negotiations. Allowing corrections to be made quickly will provide certainty for business.

The Bill can be found here, along with some explanatory notes here.

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10 Comments on The Repeal Bill

  1. All this bill does is let off the lazy barstewards in government and the civil service from doing the job properly; they have already wasted enough time to do that.

  2. The bill comes into being in 2019, it needs to be tomorrow

    • Wow! I wonder how many others, like me, naïvely thought once the bill was passed it would immediately be law? Next question: Why the hell not?

      This is such a good point you’ve raised.

  3. Simon Blanchard // July 13, 2017 at 8:34 pm // Reply

    European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

    Why is the word Withdrawal in brackets? Is that to say withdraw from the European Union in name only?
    Repeal the ECA 1972, but then adopt everything wholesale from the EU Acquis. I thought we were leaving the EU because of the EU Acquis, to get rid of regulations, ECJ court decisions.

  4. Simon Blanchard // July 13, 2017 at 6:42 pm // Reply

    In reference to the Brexit negotiations due to start next week and the extortionate demands from the European Union on an EU exit settlement deal, I thought it might be appropriate to draw your attention to this report from Civitas proposing a counter claim to the EU, that make their bill look like small change.

    The UK’s trillion euro counter-claim against the EU

    • Thank you Simon Blanchard.
      My prayers have been answered.
      a “CLAIM” yes!!!!!!!!
      They can take whatever they think we owe from that and remit the balance in our favour over say a “friendly” 10 year period, with interest at say 25% (non punitive you will note.
      I`m sure Mr.McDonell will be able to dream up some form of Euro bond, like he is suggesting for renationalizing the railways.
      I`m glad somebody has been listening, I`ve been advocating a “CLAIM” ever since I heard the EU were proposing a punitive grab.
      Midemeanor over 40 odd years does mount up in cumulative and compound interest terms and there have been some pretty stupendous bank rates during that period.
      Whoopee – go for it – Civitas OK

  5. Never mind the name, just be thankful the Bill is finally here – late, but late is better than never.

    Of more concern is that last night we heard the EU has submitted 9 papers expecting responses and the UK has only submitted 1. Does this mean the UK is going to meekly accept the EU proposals?

    We should be taking the initiative by proposing terms and let the rest of the EU members vote to accept or reject – otherwise the whole process will drag on and on interminably. The finishing buzzer will sound and there’ll be no deal.

    As for a so-called temporary or holding deal – whatever you want to call it – that’s just a fudge to undermine Brexit. It reminds me of the story that when the great late pianist Shura Cherkassky moved to London he said that he’d decided to stay in a hotel and rent his piano from Steinway so that he could move on easily: he remained for 34 years until his death.

  6. And those who desperately want to keep us in the EU are already gearing themselves up for mass disruption:

    Keir Starmer, Labour, ‘has made clear his party would not support the Bill in its current form.’

    Tim Farron (is he still LibDem leader or what?): “If you found the Article 50 Bill difficult, you should be under no illusion, this will be hell”
    Wow Tim, you really must be simple.

    • Disappointly Breitbart seem to have clarified that Farron was referring to the passing of the Article 50 bill, rather than the reading and understanding of it. Still think he’s simple though!

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