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EU Withdrawal Bill: A guide to the Brexit repeal legislation


EU Withdrawal Bill: A guide to the Brexit repeal legislation BBC, Monday 13 November, 2017

… This key plank of legislation, once known as the Great Repeal Bill, has reached committee stage in the House of Commons …

… The bill is likely to be “one of the largest legislative projects ever undertaken in the UK”, a report by the House of Commons library predicts, with “major swathes of the statute book” needing to be examined to see how they will work after Brexit …

… Simply transposing all EU law into UK legislation will not be enough, the government’s White Paper on the bill says …

How much UK law comes from the EU?

Read more: A guide to the EU bill’s journey through Parliament

… Ministers have confirmed the devolved administrations will be asked to consent to the bill – but this does not amount to a veto …

The reason for giving so many extracts from the article above is that the article is an outstanding example of public service journalism. Much reporting in Britain on what the British refer to as Brexit, meaning leaving the European Union, is on a daily basis: this person said this, or that person said that. Days pass with no reporting.  Weeks pass with no analysis informing the British public as to the impact of this or that event. No other media, not any of the national papers nor weekly ones, have reported as well as this article does on an issue fundamental to the functioning to the state, i.e. Britain post Brexit. What is most notable about the article is the number of links; the reader is able to gain a depth of understanding of the issue and what is at stake where legal matters are concerned with regard to Britain’s attempt to leave the EU. By any measure the issue is huge and on its own threatens to derail Brexit. In this writer’s view no one in politics in Britain dares admit far less discuss how big this problem is.

The extent of the work required to unravel British law from EU law on British law books is breathtaking. In addition to the central Parliament of the UK, you have separate legislating bodies, those of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland who each will want a say.

Addressing those in power in the United Kingdom:

  • If you know of just how insurmountable this problem is; unravelling EU law from British Law, and are still going ahead with efforts to exit from the Union, then you are derelict in your duties to those who elected you, possibly even criminal.
  • If you, as an elected representative of the British people, don’t know, and took the trouble to educate yourself as to just how intractable the problem is, would you still wish to leave. In wilfully maintaining a state of ignorance on the matter, your position is worse than those who do know but are refusing to admit to the problem.
  • You and your partners in the European Union, all 27 of you, are not on irreconcilable terms: Those terms can be modified by negotiation. To leave, those of you in power and wishing to leave, in the manner you are doing, is to do great damage to a once great nation. To leave an economic bloc of which you and your nation are one of the greatest beneficiaries, is monetary and economic suicide. To leave on the basis of behaving like a bull leaving a china shop in ruins, constitutes insane behaviour. The damage to the china shop is irreparable and you are one of the proprietors of the china shop.

To address those in power who do not wish to leave, and those of the wider population, public, institution, industry, commercial, whether you support leaving or not:

  • In leaving the Brexit efforts to the ruling party as if you can trust them, in all their ineptness and blindness, is to make you part of the problem.

 

One has to wonder if there is not a national will to self-destruct. Other nations have done  it. France in the First and Second World Wars is an example. But, then, that is part of the problem, isn’t it?

Malcolm D B Munro
Sunday 7 January, 2017

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