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Brexit bank holiday among scores of measures proposed by MPs

A Brexit-inspired bank holiday, BBC privatisation and a commission to organise general election leaders' debates are among a raft of proposed laws drafted by MPs.

Conservative former minister Christopher Chope and his party colleague Peter Bone ( Wellingborough) have tabled more than 70 Bills between them on a range of topics.

Mr Chope's 47 private member's bills include the Public Service Broadcasters (Privatisation) Bill, which aims to privatise the BBC and Channel 4.

He has also put forward the Fruit and Vegetables (Classification) Bill, which states: "To make provision for fruit and vegetables to be classified by flavour, condition and size for the purposes of sale in the UK; and for connected purposes."

Brexiteer Mr Bone's June Bank Holiday (Creation) Bill wants to ensure a national public holiday on "June 23 or the subsequent weekday when June 23 falls at a weekend", a nod to the date that voters backed Britain leaving the EU at the 2016 referendum.

Mr Bone has also developed 25 other private member's bills, including the Government Departments (Abolition) Bill which seeks to abolish the Department for International Development and the Government Equalities Office.

It would enable a "Department for the Nations of the United Kingdom" to be created in the place of the Wales Office, Scotland Office and Northern Ireland Office.

Mr Bone's European Union (Return of Contributions) Bill states: "T o require the Government to obtain, on withdrawal from the European Union, a payment from the European Union not less than 50% of the United Kingdom's net contributions to that institution; and for connected purposes."

His General Election (Leaders' Debate) Bill suggests setting up a c ommission to make arrangements for debates between leaders of political parties during a general election.

Both Mr Chope and Mr Bone have proposed measures to prohibit a person being registered to vote in parliamentary elections in more than one constituency.

They are expected to be presented to the Commons on Monday following a series of ministerial statements in the chamber.

Private members' bills tend to struggle to become law due to a shortage of parliamentary time to debate them or lack of Government support.

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