Brexit: EU could be flexible over movement, Blair says

Cornelia Mascio
Luglio 15, 2017

British Prime Minister Theresa May's government published a draft law Thursday to formally end Britain's membership of the European Union, but opposition parties and the leaders of Scotland and Wales threatened to block what they called a "naked power-grab". And it's likely to prove a tough test for the UK Prime Minister.

It must be agreed by both houses of parliament before it can come into effect.

"I have been concerned that the rights and outcomes of children have so far been little more than a footnote in the debate about immigration and residence rights following Brexit". It does not specify a date.

The new bill will repeal the 1972 law in which Britain became an EU member and convert an estimated 12,000 existing EU regulations into British law, ending the supremacy of EU law in Britain.

This essentially means that key pieces of legislation will continue to apply until the point at which the United Kingdom government lays fresh legislation in its place.

Earlier in the day, the United Kingdom government published the repeal bill, formally known as the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

Some EU laws, known as regulations, are now automatically applicable to Britain without having required domestic laws to be passed.

Designed to create continuity after Britain leaves the European Union, the bill is supposed to ensure that the legal framework remains once the country formally leaves Europe-a complicated process given that there are about 12,000 EU regulations now in force, the majority of them affecting the United Kingdom.

Talking to Sky News, Blair said that "every day is bringing us fresh evidence" of Brexit's harm to Britain, with economic growth slowing and the value of the pound down sharply since the June 2016 European Union membership referendum.

That the European Charter of Fundamental Rights is incorporated into United Kingdom law.

The bill, if passed, will convert European Union law into British law under the control of Parliament - including those in areas now devolved to Wales.

Some laws will cease to function correctly if they are copied across verbatim or left as they now stand.

"Securing ... agreement (on ongoing cooperation between the United Kingdom and European Union on medicines) is the best way of ensuring that patients across Europe and the United Kingdom are able to continue to access safe and effective medicines and to ensure that there is no adverse impact on public health", they wrote.

To achieve the government's aim of legal consistency, these laws will need to be amended to make them work properly. But it is convention for central government to seek their approval on legislation that affects them, and if they blocked the legislation it would create significant political problems for the United Kingdom -wide government going forward.

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