Legislative war over Brexit begins as the huge Repeal Bill is FINALLY revealed and Labour vow to block it unless Britain keeps EU rights laws
Government has unveiling its crucial legislation paving the way for Brexit
Labour, the Liberal Democrats and SNP have threatened to vote against plans
Brexiteer Liam Fox has warned Brexit will go ahead even if law is not altered
By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline and Tim Sculthorpe, Deputy Political Editor For Mailonline
13 July 2017
The legislative war over Brexit began today as the massive Repeal Bill was finally revealed.
Labour vowed to try and block it unless sweeping changes are made, including keeping a controversial EU Charter of Fundamental Rights.
The laws to deliver Brexit explicitly delete the Charter, their rights being protected in other forms.
Today’s new legislation provides for thousands of changes to UK law as all EU rules are copied onto the British statute book.
The Government wants to ensure the law in Britain is the same the day after Brexit happens – due on March 29, 2019 – as the day before.
But the clash over ‘human rights’ has set the stage for an ugly two year fight in Parliament to get the new law through.
Cabinet Minister Liam Fox today warned Remoaners that wrecking the Repeal Bill will only make ‘hard’ Brexit more likely.
He delivered the stark message as the government prepares to unveil the key legislation paving the way for our departure from the EU.
Labour has made clear it will seek to disrupt the plans, which effectively transpose all existing Brussels rules into domestic law – sparking fury that the party is playing politics even though it has pledged to respect the result of the referendum.
The SNP and Lib Dems have also threatened the parliamentary equivalent of trench warfare as they try to cling on to ties with the EU.
But Dr Fox, a leading Brexiteer, said their efforts would only backfire as the triggering of Article 50 means that the UK is leaving the bloc in March 2019 regardless.
‘Those who try to derail this bill are increasing the risk of what they would call ‘hard Brexit,’ the International Trade Secretary told Bloomberg TV.
‘We are going to leave the European Union and if we are unable to put the laws in place that provide that stability, we will still leave, we simply will not have the legal framework that we want.’
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Even if the EU Charter is incorporated into English, Scottish and Northern Irish law it can still be repealed once the UK leaves the EU on 29 March, 2019, less than two years from today.
For us the EU Charter is now not worth the paper it’s printed on – I’m glad to say. The antics of crypto-remain MPs are nothing more than a shadow play.