United Kingdom takes steps towards Brexit with Repeal Bill

Ivan Schwartz
July 15, 2017

If the Act passes through Parliament unamended, ministers will be granted powers to correct aspects of the law, such as those referring to European Union regulatory agencies, which are no longer applicable to Britain.

On Thursday, government watchdog, the Office for Budget Responsibility, issued a warning that Brexit could costs tens of billions to the United Kingdom economy.

"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 EU", Davis said of the bill, officially known as the EU (Withdrawal) Bill.

In a joint statement, Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones and Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon complained that the bill did not guarantee that powers brought back to Britain from the European Union would be handed down to the regional governments, instead handing them to central government first, with a promise that where appropriate they will be devolved further.

The bill will also face scrutiny from British companies, many of which have spent the year since Britons voted by 52 percent to 48 to leave the European Union trying to figure out how the change will affect their business.

Labour also set out five key points on which they oppose the bill, including concerns over enforcing workplace rights and environmental standards.

Green Party co-leader Caroline Lucas said there is an "environment-shaped hole" in the Bill and promised to seek to amend it.

With the government's working majority standing at just 13 - even with the backing of the DUP - Labour need to win over only seven Tory rebels to inflict defeat.

William Hague said it
GETTYWilliam Hague said it is"untenable for the ECJ to rule on EU nationals in the UK after Brexit

"So I am pleased that both the British Government and the European Union have now made substantial offers in regard to future residence rights".

He said: "We have repeatedly tried to engage with the UK Government and have put forward constructive proposals about how we can deliver a Brexit which honours the result of the referendum, safeguards the economy and respects devolution".

"I think it's absolutely necessary that it doesn't happen because I think every day is bringing us fresh evidence that it's damage economically", he told Sky News' Sophie Ridge on Sunday programme.

"We can not remain idle as the clock is ticking".

Labour say they will vote against the "Great Repeal Bill" unless May makes six changes.

They said "securing agreement (on ongoing co-operation) is the best way of ensuring that patients across Europe and the United Kingdom are able to continue to access safe and effective medicines and to ensure that there is no adverse impact on public health".

London and Brussels disagree on whether the European Court of Justice will continue to have jurisdiction in Britain after Brexit.

"Nobody is seeking to frustrate the process", he insisted.

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