“I and my colleagues in ‘Leave Means Leave’ want to see our departure secured as swiftly as possible”by Gerald Howarth / October 2, 2016 / Leave a comment
Yesterday it was announced that Theresa May plans to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which makes European law binding in the UK, and today May has said that Article 50 will be invoked by the end of March next year.
In the next Queen’s speech a “Great Repeal Bill” will be introduced, removing the Communities Act from the statute book. EU law will then automatically be carried over into British law—where Parliament will have the power to unpick it. According to May, this “marks the first stage in the UK becoming a sovereign and independent country” in the wake of Britain’s vote to leave the European Union. The bill will come into effect on the day of Brexit, which we now know will be March 2019 at the latest (once Article 50 is invoked, a two-year countdown begins.)
The news comes at the start of the Conservative Party’s annual Conference, which discussion of Brexit will dominate. Below, Gerald Howarth writes on some of the many other aspects of Brexit that are yet to be settled—and makes the case for prompt and “hard” exit from the EU.
Alex Dean, Assistant Digital Editor
On 23rd June the people of Britain voted decisively to leave the European Union. The debate now centres on the mechanics of Brexit.
As someone who campaigned to leave in the 1975 referendum (and voted against the Single European Act in 1986), I am enthusiastic and optimistic about Britain’s prospects outside the EU. I and my colleagues in “Leave Means Leave” want to see our departure secured as swiftly as possible, partly to maintain faith with the electorate but also because we know industry and commerce want certainty as they contemplate imminent investment decisions, although companies like GSK have already concluded that the remains an attractive place for investment.
Current discussion seems to centre on whether we should, or should not, remain members of the “single market.” Since membership of the Single Market requires a nation a) to apply EU regulations to every company regardless of whether that company trades with other EU countries or not, and b) to permit free…