PM’s bid to put Brexit di­vorce date into law dis­missed as gim­mick

Western Mail - - NEWS - David Hughes

THERESA May’s plan to write the date of the UK’s sep­a­ra­tion from the Euro­pean Union into law has been dis­missed as a “gim­mick” and led to fresh warn­ings it could pro­voke a Tory re­volt as MPs de­bated the Brexit leg­is­la­tion.

The Prime Min­is­ter wants 11pm GMT on March 29, 2019 en­shrined in law as the point that the UK breaks away from Brus­sels.

But as the Com­mons be­gan its first day of de­tailed scru­tiny of the Euro­pean Union (With­drawal) Bill, the move was con­demned by Labour and re­la­tions within the Tory party were de­scribed as “stormy” as a re­sult of the Gov­ern­ment’s han­dling of Brexit.

Mean­while, Brexit Sec­re­tary David Davis sought to re­as­sure busi­nesses that progress was be­ing made in talks with Brus­sels and said agree­ment on an im­ple­men­ta­tion pe­riod

> Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May ad­dress­ing the an­nual Lord Mayor’s Ban­quet this week

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