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The immense parliamentary challenge of the Withdrawal Agreement Bill

This piece of Brexit legislation is causing headaches in Westminster, says the former director of legislative affairs at No 10

By Nikki da Costa  

Is there time for parliament to pass the WAB?

If a Brexit deal is approved by parliament, the EU Withdrawal Act, which repeals the European Communities Act and takes us out of the EU, needs to be supplemented by the Withdrawal Agreement Bill (WAB).

The problem is one of time—it will require a momentous effort to pass this legislation before we leave. But what precisely is in the WAB, and why will it put our political system under so much strain?

The four main things the WAB will do…

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