Latest Issue

The flaws in the Brexit Withdrawal Bill cut to the very heart of our democracy

For many people, the Withdrawal Bill debate will seem arcane. But the potential loss of rights is a worrying one

By Sionaidh Douglas-Scott  

The Bill formerly known as the "Great Repeal Bill" has passed. But do we need a rethink? Photo: PA

In the early hours of Tuesday morning, the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill—formerly known as the ‘Great Repeal Bill’—survived its second reading in the House of Commons, with a small but workable majority. It was, according to David Davis at the opening of the debate, “an essential step” in “the historic process” of honouring the Referendum vote.

Perhaps—but bumpy days lie ahead. Just one day after the Bill survived the vote, 157…

Register today to continue reading

You’ve hit your limit of three articles in the last 30 days. To get seven more, simply enter your email address below.

You’ll also receive our free e-book Prospect’s Top Thinkers 2020 and our newsletter with the best new writing on politics, economics, literature and the arts.

Prospect may process your personal information for our legitimate business purposes, to provide you with newsletters, subscription offers and other relevant information.

Click here to learn more about these purposes and how we use your data. You will be able to opt-out of further contact on the next page and in all our communications.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

We want to hear what you think about this article. Submit a letter to

More From Prospect