LONDON — Britain’s plans to leave the European Union will include a vote by parliament on legislation to translate EU law into British law, Brexit minister David Davis said on Monday.
“European Union law will be transposed into UK law at the time we leave, providing certainty for workers, businesses and consumers,” Davis said. “This will be an act of parliament which we intend to have in place before the end of the Article 50 process.”
(Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; writing by William James; editing by Stephen Addison)
- Labour adopt third Article 50 stance in three days
- Keir Starmer demands Government reveal negotiating strategy
- Damian Green says it would be ‘foolish’ to reveal hand
- David Davis to make statement on Government’s appeal
David Davis condemns abuse of Gina Miller
Anna Soubry, a Conservative MP, calls on David Davis to condemn the “homophobic abuse of our judges.”
Mr David replied by saying he “deplores” the threats being made against Gina Miller, who brought the case against the government.
David Davis is responding now and he says there are plenty of MPs who are attempting to “thwart and reverse” the result of June’s referendum.
He accuses Labour of trying to “wreck” Theresa May’s Brexit negotiations and hits out at their weekend of chaos.
“The whole approach is designed to wreck the negotiations”, he tells MPs.
He adds that the government will be “as open as we possibly can.”
A ‘furtive’ approach
Keir Starmer, the shadow Labour Brexit Secretary, has accused the government of a “furtive, executive approach” to Brexit.
He says Government has approached its task in the wrong way and it is now “unraveling”.
Mr Starmer accuses Mr Davis of failing to tell set out plans for what will happen if Government loses its case in the Supreme Court.
He says “no one expects Government to reveal the detail of negotiating hand, but there are big headline issues.”
Adding that Brexit decisions cannot be taken “in a vacuum”.
He says: “The position the UK holds in the world is at stake – the Prime Minister simply cannot keep this to herself.
“Some of us have worked in countries where judges do what the government tells them, and believe me it’s entirely corrosive of democracy.”
‘There can be no going back’
David Davis is speaking in the House, he says: “There can be no going back. The point of no return was passed on June 23.”
He adds that the government values the “independence” of the judiciary and the “freedom of our press.”
The Brexit Secretary confirms that the government is appealing the Article 50 ruling and that the Supreme Court hearing will be heard in early December.
He insists that the legal timtable “will allow” for Britain to trigger Article 50 by the end of March next year and repeats that there will be “no second referendum”.
He says: “We are disappointed with the court’s judgement in this case, we intend to appeal that judgement to the Supreme Court and none of this diminishes in any way our determination to respect and deliver on the outcome of the referendum.
“The country voted to leave the EU in a referendum provided for by an act of parliament. There must be no attempts to remain in the EU, no attempts to rejoin it through the back door. No second referendum”
David Davis to speak on Article 50 ruling
We are just minutes away from hearing a statement from David Davis, the Brexit minister, in the House of Commons following the Government’s decision to appeal the High Court ruling which prevents Theresa May from triggering Article 50 without the backing of Parliament.
May endures the Modi handshake
It appears that Theresa May has endured one of Indian prime minister Nerendra Modi’s bone-crushing handshakes during her visit to the country for post-Brexit trade deal talks.
The tight-gripped handshake is not a first for Mr Modi. During a visit by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William was pictured with a visibly white hand after he enduring a Modi handshake.
CPS considers complaint that Leave campaigns misled EU referendum voters
A complaint that EU referendum voters were misled by the Leave campaigns is being considered by the Crown Prosecution Service, it has been announced.
Alison Saunders, the director of public prosecutions, is considering a complaint of “undue influence” on the referendum by the Vote Leave and Leave.EU campaigns.
The complaint centres around a claim that £350million per week could be spent on the NHS if Britain left the EU and a leaflet which read “Turkey is joining the EU” along with assertions that “Britain has no border controls whilst in the EU”.
David Davis: Government will need Act of Parliament if it loses appeal
Brexit Secretary David Davis, who will make a statement to the Commons later this afternoon, conceded last week that the Government would need an Act of Parliament if it loses its appeal.
That route would give MPs and peers opportunities to table amendments to make the Prime Minister reveal more about her negotiating strategy, or spell out priorities for the talks.
Mrs May has given short shrift to suggestions that MPs might tie her hands by tabling amendments which would require her to make continued single market membership a focus of withdrawal negotiations.
Asked about reports that work had already begun on a draft Bill, the No 10 spokesman told a Westminster briefing: “I’m not going to comment on or be drawn into commenting on the ins and outs of Government and the work that’s going on in Government.
“What I have been clear about, what the Government’s been clear about, is that the focus of the work is on this Supreme Court hearing that’s on December 7 and 8.
“We set out what we believe is a very strong legal position and we’re confident that we will still be able to meet the timetable as has been set out.”
On the High Court ruling, he added: “The judgment isn’t absolutely explicit but there’s a logical conclusion that you would draw from Thursday’s judgment that it would require an Act of Parliament.”
The spokesman also described claims that the Government was looking at drawing up an alternative fast-track resolution, which MPs would not be able to amend, as “speculation”.
No10: Act of Parliament to trigger Article 50 is ‘logical conclusion’
Downing Street has refused to deny reports that ministers are already drafting legislation to give Theresa May the power to formally begin Brexit.
A No 10 spokesman said the “logical conclusion” from last week’s High Court ruling was that the Government would need an Act of Parliament to trigger Article 50 of the European treaties.
But he refused to be drawn on claims that a draft Bill is already being prepared, insisting the Government was focused on appealing against the judgment to the Supreme Court.
Government ‘focused’ on winning Article 50 appeal
A spokesman for the Prime Minister has refused to comment on reports that the Government is already preparing the first draft of a bill to trigger Article 50.
She said the Government remained focused on its appeal against the High Court ruling that Mrs May could not trigger the process of leaving the EU without putting it before Parliament.
Government preparing first draft of bill to trigger Article 50
The Government is already preparing the first draft of a bill to trigger Article 50, it has emerged.
Sky News is reporting that Government officials are already preparing the bill to start the formal process to leave the EU.
It comes after the High Court ruled Theresa May could not trigger the process without putting it before Parliament.
Labour’s confusing position on Article 50
Labour’s position on triggering Article 50 has been confusing over the last three days.
Government would be ‘foolish’ to give away strategy
Work and Pensions Secretary Damian Green said it would be “foolish” for the Government to give away in advance its negotiating strategy on issues such as future access to the EU single market.
“All these choices are being framed in binary ways. The more everyone looks at the detail of this there are various ways you can approach thee single market. There are huge complications here,” he said.
He said no decision would be taken on how to proceed in Parliament until the Supreme Court had heard the Government’s appeal against the High Court’s ruling.
“The parliamentary process hasn’t yet been decided,” he told the Today programme.
“It is impossible to say what would happen afterwards in terms of the parliamentary process until we get the Supreme Court (ruling).”
Labour adopt third stance on Article 50 in three days
Labour will seek to force the Government to lay out its negotiating strategy before it triggers the formal process of leaving the European Union, the party’s shadow Brexit secretary has said.
Sir Keir Starmer insisted Labour did not intend to “frustrate” the process of invoking Article 50 in the wake of last week’s High Court ruling that Parliament was to have a say on the issue.
It is the third position the party has had on the issue in as many days.
In a weekend of confusion Mr Corbyn said on Saturday the UK must have continued access to the single market and there must be no watering down of workers’ rights before Labour would back the process.
Other “bottom lines” included guarantees on safeguarding consumers and the environment and pledges for more Government spending.
But on Sunday morning he was forced to backtrack and clarify Labour “won’t block Article 50 but will fight for a Brexit that works for Britain.”
That came as Tom Watson, his deputy who said he had not spoken to Mr Corbyn, insisted that “the people have spoken and Article 50 will be triggered when it gets to Westminster”.
Now Sir Keir said the party would insist on ministers presenting their negotiating plan to MPs before it launched the formal negotiations on the terms of the UK’s withdrawal.
“The Labour Party accepts that the Government has a mandate to leave the EU. They have no mandate for the terms on which we leave,” he told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme.
“We will not frustrate the process by simply voting down Article 50 but we are absolutely clear that before we get to that stage the Government must put its plan before Parliament.”
Sir Keir made clear that once the Government had laid out its negotiating plan, Labour would insist on “discussions” in Parliament on the proposed terms.
“We can’t have a vote in a vacuum but we can’t proceed with this approach where the Prime Minister says ‘I hold all the cards to the future of the UK in Europe and its relationship with Europe and the world and I’m not going disclose even the basic terms to Parliament’. So of course we need that discussion,” he said.
“We should be proceeding if we can on the basis of a consensus across Parliament, not forced divisions. That means we should try to agree the plans. Proceeding in this divided way is wrong.”
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