Brexit “chaos” if repeal bill rejected, ministers say11/09/17Government
MPs who oppose the government’s EU repeal bill will be voting for a “chaotic” Brexit, ministers have warned.
MPs will hold a crucial vote on the legislation, which intends to end the primacy of EU law in the UK, tonight (11 September).
Brexit Secretary David Davis said that people did not “vote for confusion” in the 2016 Brexit referendum and urged MPs to unite around the government’s plans.
Meanwhile, Labour says that it will oppose the bill, saying that it represents a “power grab” by the government.
The EU (Withdrawal) Bill, which the government previously referred to as the Great Repeal Bill, overturns the 1972 European Communities Act which took the UK into the European Economic Community.
As a result, it will convert existing EU laws into domestic ones to ensure that there are no gaps in legislation on Brexit day – the day on which the UK officially leaves the EU.
Ministers added that the process would ensure a smooth transition out of the EU, and help to avoid a “cliff-edge of uncertainty”.
Justice Minister Dominic Raab told Sky News that the majority of the bill would be subject to “maximum security”. He added: “This idea that there’s going to be no scrutiny or no accountability is just wrong.”
Ken Clarke, the former Conservative chancellor, predicted that the government would need to change the wording of the bill in order to address concerns about what he said was an unprecedented use of delegated powers.
MPs are also expected to participate in a vote on the timeline for the line-by-line consideration of the bill. The debate is expected to continue into the late hours of the night.