Theresa May to in­tro­duce EU Brexit re­peal bill in Queen’s Speech

Malta Independent - - WORLD -

Theresa May has said she is to in­tro­duce a “Great Re­peal Bill” in the next Queen’s Speech that will over­turn the act that took the UK into the EU.

It will re­move the Euro­pean Com­mu­ni­ties Act 1972 from the statute book and end the supremacy in Bri­tain of EU law.

The govern­ment will also en­shrine all ex­ist­ing EU law into Bri­tish law and any­thing deemed un­nec­es­sary will be abol­ished later.

Her pledge comes as the Conservatives gather for their an­nual con­fer­ence.

The re­peal of the 1972 Act will not take ef­fect un­til the UK leaves the EU un­der the process for quit­ting the bloc known as Ar­ti­cle 50.

Mrs May has pre­vi­ously said she will not start the for­mal process of leav­ing the EU un­til next year.

In an in­ter­view with the Sun­day Times, the prime min­is­ter said the re­peal bill would mark “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,” she said.

“It means that the au­thor­ity of EU law in Bri­tain will end.”

Con­ser­va­tive Party chair­man Pa­trick McLaugh­lin said this proved the party was “very se­ri­ous” about start­ing the process of leav­ing the EU, but added ne­go­ti­a­tions would not be con­ducted in the pub­lic eye.

“You don’t say ex­actly what you are go­ing to ne­go­ti­ate on, but once ne­go­ti­a­tions are con­cluded we will say what we’ve achieved and how we’ve achieved it,” he said.

“To give a run­ning com­men­tary on ev­ery last sen­tence and para­graph would be ridicu­lous.”

Mrs May has also made clear she does not want the con­fer­ence, being held in Birm­ing­ham, to be dom­i­nated by the is­sue of leav­ing the EU.

Tory MPs are di­vided be­tween favour­ing a “hard Brexit” out­side the Euro­pean sin­gle mar­ket to ob­tain com­plete con­trol over im­mi­gra­tion, or a “soft Brexit” where the UK re­mains in the free trade zone, but po­ten­tially has to com­ply with some EU rules.

“I’m clear that we are not go­ing to be com­pletely con­sumed by Brexit,” Mrs May­told the Sun on Sun­day.

“What I want to de­liver is real change. To build a coun­try that works for every­one.”

Labour MP Phil Wil­son, from the Open Bri­tain cam­paign, said busi­nesses want the prime min­is­ter to com­mit to sin­gle mar­ket mem­ber­ship.

“We still know noth­ing about the govern­ment’s plans for our new re­la­tion­ship with the EU, whether over trade, se­cu­rity or mi­gra­tion,” he said.

“As car man­u­fac­tur­ers have made clear, it is es­sen­tial that the UK re­mains a mem­ber of the sin­gle mar­ket to pro­tect in­vest­ment and jobs.”

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