BRITAIN’S NEXT BREXIT CHALLENGE: ‘THE GREAT REPEAL BILL’
The British government published plans Thursday for a herculean legislative task: converting thousands of EU laws onto the British books as the country begins its Brexit decoupling from Brussels.
The law-changing blueprint landed a day after British Prime Minister Theresa May triggered Article 50, officially serving the European Union divorce papers and beginning exit negotiations.
The swift release of the government’s plans for the “Great Repeal Bill” reflects just how split Britain remains as divorce talks loom with the EU. British leaders sense an urgency to calm Brexit opponents.
The repeal bill will see thousands of EU laws — covering such topics as worker’s rights, environmental rules and finance regulations — transposed into British codes to provide legal certainty and a “smooth and orderly” departure from the European Union.
The bill seeks to show workers, consumers and businesses that the “rules have not changed overnight,” David Davis, the Brexit secretary, told the House of Commons.
The plans have been described as a gigantic “cut and paste” job, repatriating 40 years of powers to London.