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Brexit: David Davis kept in dark over Great Repeal Bill devolution changes

David Davis said the Government does not know if the UK's devolved institutions will need to sign off law changes made through the so-called "Great Repeal Bill".

Devolved institutions give permission to the UK Parliament to pass laws relating to devolved matters by agreeing a legislative consent motion.

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But the Brexit Secretary said ministers "don't know" yet if permission will be needed as the UK looks to convert EU law into UK law.

SNP frontbencher Joanna Cherry said: "Yesterday, Mr Speaker, you invited me to behave as if I was in a court of law.

"Can I extend your entirely appropriate invitation to the Secretary of State and suggest that he pretend that he is in a court of law and answer the question posed by my honourable friend, the member for North East Fife (Stephen Gethins): Will this Bill require legislative consent motions, yes or no?"

Mr Davis replied: "I actually apologise - I forgot the point that he (Mr Gethins) was making in terms of responding to the other ones.

"At this stage we don't know because we don't know the final format of the Bill.

"That's the simple truth."

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