Op­ti­mism on Brexit law


THE BRI­TISH gov­ern­ment was con­fi­dent it can get leg­is­la­tion to be­gin the process of trans­fer­ring Euro­pean Union law into Bri­tish law through par­lia­ment, Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May’s deputy said yes­ter­day. The Re­peal Bill, which the gov­ern­ment says will help to achieve a smooth tran­si­tion as Bri­tain leaves the EU, will trans­pose EU law and also re­peal the 1972 Euro­pean Com­mu­ni­ties Act, which for­malises Bri­tain’s EU mem­ber­ship. “I’m con­fi­dent that we can get this leg­is­la­tion through par­lia­ment,” First Sec­re­tary of State Damian Green, who is ef­fec­tively May’s deputy, told Sky News, adding that he ex­pected lots of de­bate along the way. Green said al­though the bill, which is due to be pre­sented to par­lia­ment this week, was com­plex from a leg­isla­tive point of view, it was a sim­ple con­cept.

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