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Clearing up confusion on Brexit, Chequers and the “common rule book”

Do the government’s proposals concede vassalage, as critics on all sides have assumed?

By Stephen Laws  

Members of the cabinet gathered at Chequers to thrash out a Brexit proposal. Photo: Joel Rouse/Crown Copyright/PA Wire/PA Images

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 is now law. The only form of withdrawal to which it gives legal authority is one with no deal on 29th March 2019. No other way forward (including stopping the exit process) is legally or practically possible without both the agreement of the European Union and further proceedings in parliament.

One element of this is that the 2018 Act prevents the ratification of any…

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