Bri­tain to scrap EU en­try law

> May vows to make UK ‘sov­er­eign’ na­tion in first Brexit de­tail

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LON­DON: Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May ( pix) will prom­ise to make Bri­tain “a sov­er­eign and in­de­pen­dent coun­try” by re­peal­ing the act that took it into what is now the Euro­pean Union next year, she told the Sun­day Times news­pa­per.

In an in­ter­view, May, ap­pointed af­ter Bri­tain’s vote in June to leave the EU, said she would not wait for an elec­tion in Ger­many next Septem­ber be­fore trig­ger­ing ar­ti­cle 50 of the EU’s Lis­bon Treaty to start for­mal di­vorce pro­ceed­ings.

The for­mer in­te­rior min­is­ter has been un­der pres­sure from EU of­fi­cials, in­vestors and mem­bers of her rul­ing Con­ser­va­tive Party to of­fer more de­tail on her plan for Bri­tain’s exit, be­yond her catch phrase “Brexit means Brexit”.

Speak­ing on the first day of her party’s an­nual con­fer­ence yes­ter­day, May will hope to put some of the crit­i­cism to rest by pledg­ing to over­turn the 1972 Euro­pean Com­mu­ni­ties Act, the law that al­lowed the ac­ces­sion of Bri­tain to the Euro­pean Eco­nomic Com­mu­nity, which later be­came the EU.

“We will in­tro­duce, in the next Queen’s speech, a Great Re­peal Bill that will re­move the Euro­pean Com­mu­ni­ties Act from the statute book,” she told the news­pa­per, which said it should take place in April or May.

“This marks the first stage in the UK be­com­ing a sov­er­eign and in­de­pen­dent coun­try once again. It will re­turn power and author­ity to the elected in­sti­tu­tions of our coun­try. It means that the author­ity of EU law in Bri­tain will end.”

May said that un­der her plans, the 1972 Act would be over­turned in ad­vance of Bri­tain leav­ing the EU but the re­peal would take le­gal ef­fect the mo­ment the UK for­mally pulled out. Then the Euro­pean Court of Jus­tice (ECJ) would no longer be able to de­liver judg­ments bind­ing on Bri­tain, she said. The ECJ came un­der fire from many of those who cam­paigned to leave the EU be­fore the ref­er­en­dum, with the of­fi­cial “Vote Leave” group say­ing Bri­tain lost most of its cases to the court, which it called an “in­jus­tice”.

The British leader is ex­pected to trig­ger ar­ti­cle 50 early next year, but she has been clear she does not want to give her hand away be­fore the talks.

May also ruled out an early par­lia­men­tary elec­tion, say­ing it would cause “in­sta­bil­ity” – some­thing that has damp­ened in­vest­ment since the ref­er­en­dum. – Reuters

Po­lice and res­cue ser­vices per­son­nel at the scene of the ex­plo­sion in Velez-Malaga.

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