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Battle lines drawn over Repeal Bill

By Staff Reporter

The Brexit Repeal Bill faced an immediate backlash yesterday, underlining the scale of the task the minority Government faces to get it through Parliament and into law.

The Bill is designed to transpose EU law into British law so the same rules apply on the day of Brexit as the day before, while giving Westminster, Edinburgh, Belfast and Cardiff the power to drop or change them in the future.

The Government hopes it will give confidence to businesses, workers and consumers that they will not face unexpected changes on the day of Brexit, while ending the supremacy of EU law in the UK.

But Labour looks set to vote against the crucial legislation unless it is amended, because it states the European Charter of Fundamental Rights will not be put into UK law after withdrawal from the EU.

The First Ministers of Scotland and Wales, Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones, said they would not grant the required legislative consent to the Bill as it stands, describing it as a "naked power grab" because it does not immediately return EU powers to devolved administrations.

And the Liberal Democrats warned the Government faces "hell" over the Bill, and a "political nightmare" that could cost Theresa May her job as Prime Minister.

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