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Legislating for Brexit: can the government get all the Statutory Instruments it needs through parliament by 29th March?

The short answer is yes, but at some cost to the already limited scrutiny that takes place

By Joel Blackwell and Ruth Fox  

Photo: Claire Doherty/SIPA USA/PA Images

The cancellation of the mid-February House of Commons recess to provide more time for scrutiny of Brexit legislation has elided uncomfortably with the fact that business in the Chamber has been light in recent days, so much so that the House adjourned mid-afternoon on Wednesday.

But there is more to legislative life than what goes on in the Chamber, and Brexit requires a lot more legislation than bills. Between now and 29th March the wheels of parliamentary scrutiny will have to grind relentlessly if…

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