Brexit begins as United Kingdom publishes bill to repeal European Union law


The clue is in the name: the Repeal Bill will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act which took Britain into the EU and led to European law taking precedence over laws passed in British parliament.

The Government this week asked for cross party ideas on Brexit, a call that has been repeated by Brexit Secretary David Davis.

Named "Project of law on the output of the european Union", the text of more than 60 pages is meant to repeal, the "day of release" of the EU, "the European Communities Act 1972, which was incorporated into the eu treaties in the national law of the uk".

Her government said the bill is created to ensure that "as far as possible, the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before".

The bill is created to repeal and replace all laws and regulations relying upon Britain's membership of the European Union before Britain leaves in 2019 and is one of the most significant pieces of legislation planned this parliament. The main opposition Labour Party says it will oppose the bill unless it meets six conditions, including guarantees for workers' rights.

The bill has been described as a "political power grab" due to the widespread powers it hands the government to rewrite the UK's entire legal and regulatory framework without parliamentary scrutiny.

The former Labour leader admitted that "Brexit will happen" if "the will of the British people remains as it was last June".

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European Union law covers a number of areas, such as environmental regulation, workers' rights and the regulation of financial services.

Labour is calling for a guarantee that workers" rights in the United Kingdom do not lag behind the Socialist EU's, and that the widespread "Henry VIII' powers allowing for government to amend the statute without Parliament's approval are restricted.

"Nobody is seeking to frustrate the process", he insisted.

Other EU laws, known as directives, are already incorporated into British law.

"This week began with the Prime Minister calling for a constructive and collaborative approach from those outside Whitehall to help get Brexit right. It's going to be hell", said their leader on the departure of Tim Farron.

The UK paper said that the court should not be able to hear UK cases from the day after Britain left the European Union, but could still rule on cases that began before the departure date.

The Bill was introduced in parliament on Thursday with a nod and will not be debated until MPs return from their summer break, in September. "Any attempt to use Brexit and the Repeal Bill as a backdoor means to avoiding implementation of the highest standards would be hugely irresponsible in an era of superbugs".