Government tries to get MPs to pass a law rejoining the EU – without success.

John Redwood’s letter advising that government lawyers are trying desperately to get MPs to pass an Act Of Parliament to rejoin the EU shows that Tilbrook is correct in his writ stating that Britain left the EU on the 29th March.

As follows –

Dear Stephen

” The Reimposition of EU powers “ Bill

I understand the government is considering putting the Withdrawal Agreement Bill to  the Commons for a  vote on the principles of the Bill following   a  Second Reading debate. Indeed we were all told to be ready to answer a 3 line whip for this purpose on Thursday, only for this to be postponed.

I understand this is a long and complex piece of constitutional legislation which will require careful study by all those asked to improve or approve it. I would therefore urge you again to publish this Bill as soon as possible so MPs  can have an intelligent debate about what it is seeking to do and how it might try to do that. Why the delay in  releasing a piece of legislation for scrutiny which the government claims is so important. It must have been drafted for some time, as the draft Agreement it seeks to implement has been settled for many weeks and is not subject to renegotiation according to both the government and the EU.

The legislation presumably seeks to repeal much of the EU Withdrawal Act and will reintroduce the European Communities Act 1972 into the UK constitution to restore all EU powers for a flexible and long  transitional period and maybe beyond that. It needs to make provision for the substantial sums of money the draft Agreement commits the UK to pay and  for the imposition of new EU law upon the UK.  It needs to confirm  the powers of the Joint Committee and European Court of Justice in making important decisions about our future government and resolving disputes between the UK and the EU. These are all weighty matters which warrant proper consideration by MPs before any debate and vote on them.

The Bill could be more accurately called the “Delay our exit from the EU ” Bill, or ” The Reimposition of EU powers “Bill given the requirements of the draft Withdrawal Treaty. The Bill itself would of course need to conform precisely with the Treaty, as the Treaty will be  binding in European law anyway.

Yours ever



2 Responses to “Government tries to get MPs to pass a law rejoining the EU – without success.”

  1. Protestant says:

    That illustration would make a great campaign poster, and John Redwood would make a fine Prime Minister!

    Thanks also for the update on Robin Tilbrook’s case in the new Daily Mail article, which has inspired me to donate a second time to his noble cause. I liked the way he summed up the legalities very clearly:

    “Explaining his party’s case, he said: ‘It’s quite simple. If your notice expires, then you’re out.

    ‘They served their notice under that Act of Parliament. If you look at the Act in question, it’s 137 words.

    ‘It just says that she’s got power to serve notice to withdraw the UK from the EU. It doesn’t say she’s got any other powers.

    ‘That’s the crux of the case: that she’s properly served the notice, and at the end of that period of notice of two years, you’re out.’

    • Tapestry says:

      John Redwood is sometimes just too intelligent for politics, honest and quite a nice person (yes I have met him). Liam Fox or Owen Paterson would be easier on the public ear, easier for the PR department to sell. Redwood’s so brainy he finds it hard to relate to Mr & Mrs Average although I agree he would make a very good PM. My next choice would be Fox. Maybe Paterson but Paterson’s a tad naive on occasions and believes passionately in his causes however mistaken they may be. Fox is very bright and can speak and debate to the highest standard. None are perfect.

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