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The second prorogation: what are the implications for legislating for Brexit?

With parliament having again ceased activity, all eyes should be on the important raft of secondary legislation still in the pipeline

The last time the prime minister attempted prorogation, there were five Brexit Bills on their way through parliament. These laws were intended to create new frameworks and powers in areas such as trade, financial services and agriculture. At the same time, many more statutory instruments were also passing through parliament—secondary legislation, often of a technical nature, to bring laws into force without a further Act of Parliament.

Together, these formed the central plank of a legislative programme necessary to ensure the UK statute book was ready for Brexit. The scale and complexity…

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