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The announcement on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – which begins the formal negotiation process – means the UK looks set to leave the EU by the summer of 2019….reports Asian Lite News

Theresa May - TeresaPrime Minister Theresa May has said that she would introduce a “Great Repeal Bill” that will overturn the act that took the UK into the European Union (EU). The bill will remove the European Communities Act, 1972, from the statute book and end the supremacy in Britain of the EU law.

The PM’s announcement on triggering Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty – which begins the formal negotiation process – means the UK looks set to leave the EU by the summer of 2019, BBC reported.

“This is about delivering for the British people, and this is not just about leaving the EU, it’s about that essential question of the trust people have in their politicians. The people have spoken, we will deliver on that,” May told Marr.

“We’ll be starting the negotiations once we’ve triggered article 50, but I think it’s important to get the right deal for the British people.”

May said she believed it was important to have a deal in place with the EU, hinting that was preferable to a so-called ‘hard Brexit’ in which the UK leaves the bloc without a formal deal in place for a continued trading relationship.

“I think we do want to negotiate what the relationship will be,” she said. “Things will be different in the future, once we leave the EU, we’ll be in a different position. We’ll be an independent country. Crucially, we still do want to have a good relationship with Europe and the European Union.”

Mrs May also promised a bill to remove the European Communities Act 1972 from the statute book. She said this would make the UK an “independent, sovereign nation”.

Brexit Secretary David Davis has said the Government will “take a simple approach” over changes to legislation.

“EU law will be transposed into domestic law, wherever practical, on exit day,” he told Sky News. “It will be for elected politicians here to make the changes to reflect the outcome of our negotiation and our exit.”

The “Great Repeal Bill” will end the supremacy of EU law, meaning rulings by the European Court of Justice will stop applying to the UK once the legislation takes effect.

Mr Davis added: “That is what people voted for: power and authority residing once again with the sovereign institutions of our own country.”

The repeal of the 1972 Act will not take effect until the UK leaves the EU under Article 50. It will be contained in a “Great Repeal Bill”, promised in the next Queen’s Speech, which will also enshrine all existing EU law into British law.

This will allow the government to seek to keep, amend or cancel any legislation once Brexit has been completed. The repeal bill will also end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.

May told the Sunday Times that the billt will return power and authority to the elected institutions of our country,” she said. “It means that the authority of EU law in Britain will end.”

Her pledge comes as the Conservatives gather for their annual conference.

Mrs May said the process of leaving would be “quite complex” but said she hoped there would now be “preparatory work” with the remaining EU members so that “once the trigger comes we will have a smoother process of negotiation”.

She added: “It’s not just important for the UK, but important for Europe as a whole that we’re able to do this in the best possible way so we have the least disruption for businesses, and when we leave the EU we have a smooth transition from the EU.”

The PM also said June’s vote to leave the EU was a “clear message from the British people that they want us to control movement of people coming into the UK”.

Conservative Party chairman Patrick McLaughlin told the BBC that the Prime Minister’s decision proved the party was “very serious” about starting the process of leaving the EU, but added negotiations would not be conducted in the public eye. The repeal bill will also end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice in the UK.

May’s statement will intensify the political lobbying in the country. The ruling party is enjoying just 12 seat majority. The Brexit will come into effect two years after Article 50 is moved, unless all parties concerned agree to extend the process. The government can’t dictate terms because of its slender majority.

 

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