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The Great Tory Power Grab: Repeal Bill is an attack on devolution

15 July 2017, 10:55 | Taylor George

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Opposition Labour party has vowed to vote against the legislation unless there were significant changes to the details previously set out, while the Scottish National Party (SNP) said there needed to be "clarity" over which powers repatriated from the European Union should go to the devolved nations.

When May wrote to European Council president Donald Tusk in March to officially trigger two years of Brexit discussions, she referred to it obliquely, saying "we will need to discuss how we determine a fair settlement of the UK's rights and obligations as a departing member state".

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".

The government has published the "great repeal bill" to convert the European Union's laws into British law, which is created to provide legal continuity after separation from the bloc is completed in 2019 and to give parliament the power to make changes.

"By ending the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union, UK courts will be supreme once more", the UK's Brexit negotiator David Davis said.

On June 23 previous year, Britons voted by the narrow majority of 52% to 48% to leave the European Union, ending four decades of membership of the continental fold.

Mr Corbyn was accompanied on his visit by shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer and shadow home secretary Diane Abbott. This means they can not be used to enact changes in government policy. "This will be hell", added Tim Farron, leader of the pro-European Liberal Democrats.

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Given May's governing Conservative Party does not have a majority in parliament, any parliamentary challenge is a potentially serious threat to the government.

Mr Corbyn said the party's approach would be to secure a jobs-first Brexit and one which unilaterally guarantees the rights of European Union citizens now in the United Kingdom as it's the right thing to do.

"We know our currency is down around 12%; already jobs are going; there is not £350 million a week more for the NHS; and we actually need most of the migrants who come to work in the UK".

Britain confirmed it would leave European Atomic Energy Community but said it wanted to continue working closely with Euratom to help ensure a smooth exit.

"We can not remain idle as the clock is ticking".

He referred to Henry VIII powers - so called because the former King issued laws by proclamation - which ministers say is needed to change legislation covered at a late stage in negotiations.

In his piece he insists that such a compromise should be up for negotiation.

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