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The Lords must amend the new Brexit legislation to prevent a muddle in the courts

But they will need sharp political antennae

By Raphael Hogarth  

The upper chamber. photo: John Stillwell/PA Archive/PA Images

The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, which passed the House of Commons last week, ought not to be controversial. It only implements, in UK law, a Brexit deal which parliament backs in principle, and for which the government has just secured a mandate in a general election.

Yet the detail of the bill still matters. A good EU(WA)B would leave behind a statute book that made sense, with clear provisions on how different types of law interact with one another: laws passed…

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