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Repeal bill: The government should prepare for legislative war 

If May isn’t careful, this bill will sink under the weight of all its amendments

By Tom Brake  

Prime Minister Theresa May holds a cabinet meeting. Photo: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/PA Images

The new parliamentary session is getting underway, and tomorrow the government will introduce its “Repeal Bill”—the most significant step yet in the Brexit process. This will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which gives primacy to EU law. All existing EU legislation will then be transposed into British law. At least, that’s the government’s plan.

This might look like a simple exercise, but in practice it will be anything but. It will be an enormously complicated project,…

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