Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay is expected to sign an order in the next few days which will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 after Octobe
Brexit secretary Stephen Barclay is expected to sign an order in the next few days which will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 after October 31 in a move which would trigger the end of European law’s supremacy in Britain. Theresa May failed to make the order before the March 29 Brexit deadline and eventually agreed with the EU to delay Brexit until October 31.
Hardline Tory Brexiteers have welcomed the move which will see the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, which the Commons voted through last September with a majority of 36 votes, come into force.
European Research Group deputy chairman Steve Baker told The Times: “It is absolutely totemic. It shows a transformation in the approach, that Boris Johnson is willing to leave on a fixed date with no question of extension.
“It’s the do-or-die pledge in black and white.
“It’s not merely symbolic. Once it’s signed that’s it, the UK is leaving. Theresa May did not bring the repeal of the European Communities Act on a fixed date because she was always willing to extend.”
Fellow Eurosceptic Tory MP Sir Bill Cash said: “It’s well overdue. It provides for the full repeal of the European Communities Act 1972 on exit day; it is the law of the land. It is the ultimate completion of the withdrawal from the European Union in statute. It’s not symbolic, it is definitive in law.”
Tory Remainer Dominic Grieve said that MPs would be able to reverse the order to stop a no-deal Brexit.
He said: “It is Boris showing he is serious about his intention to leave the EU on October 31.
“At the end of the day it is a matter for the majority of the House.”
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9:01am update: Ken Clarke prepared to lead emergency government
Lib Dem leader Jo Swinson said Tory grandee Ken Clarke and former Labour leader Harriet Harman are both prepared to lead an emergency government to avoid a no-deal Brexit.
Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today programme, Ms Swinson said: “I have been in touch with them because obviously, you don’t just mention people’s names without checking that they’re OK with that.
“I mean, both of those are long-serving Members of Parliament, the most experienced MPs in the House, the mother and father of the House as they are called in the House of Commons.”
7.30am update: Javid head to Berlin for talks with German finance minister
Chancellor Sajid Javid is heading for Berlin today for talks with Finance Minister Olaf Scholz.
Treasury sources said Mr Javid’s brief trip to the German capital is designed to show “how serious we are about walking away”.
Mr Javid will become the first senior member of Boris Johnson’s Cabinet to hold Brexit talks with their EU counterparts.