Publication of Brexit repeal bill paves way for split with EU

Britain is set to leave the EU at the end of March 2019

Britain is set to leave the EU at the end of March 2019

European Union leaders would be prepared to be flexible on freedom of movement of people to accommodate the United Kingdom after Brexit, Tony Blair has said. Leaving a divided parliament with greater say over the way Britain makes its exit.

May's government has on many occasions mocked the EU's demand for a "divorce bill" of around £60 billion.

But the opposition Labour Party's Brexit spokesman Keir Starmer told The Guardian before the Repeal Bill was published that Labour would vote against the bill if it did not meet certain conditions, one of which was the inclusion of the Charter.

The Bill will repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which took Britain into the EU, and bring the body of European law into the constituent legal systems in the UK.

"Instead of mature and constructive engagement, the UK Government has shown astounding ignorance in the publication of this Bill, which is an insult to the devolved nations".

During the 2016 European Union referendum, the eventually victorious Leave campaign led by senior Tories, repeatedly promised that Scotland would gain more power over areas including fisheries, agriculture, and some energy and renewables policy.

In a statement, Ryanair chief executive officer Michael O'Leary told the European Parliament's Transport and Tourism Committee that flights will remain cancelled for several months after Brexit unless a new aviation deal between the United Kingdom and the EU is signed, reported the Independent.

Labour also set out five key points on which they oppose the bill, including concerns over enforcing workplace rights and environmental standards.

The EU says it will only start discussing future relations with the United Kingdom, including a possible trade deal, after "sufficient progress" has been made on these opening topics, hopefully later this year.

It is one of the largest legislative projects ever undertaken in the United Kingdom, because working out which parts of United Kingdom law came from the European Union will be quite the undertaking.

Bill, the legislation is meant to provide "legal certainty" ahead of the UK's withdrawal from the Union.

As the process gets underway it is expected that MPs will seek to change aspects of the bill and table amendments.

"On the contrary, she has reinforced the approach that she took to the electorate".

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said the party respected the outcome of last year's referendum vote to leave, while McDonnell insisted there was no desire to reopen the divisions over Brexit.

In a sign that ministers are anxious about defeat, the bill will not be put to a vote until the autumn at the earliest.

The Repeal Bill is a complicated process - huge sections of the statute book will need to be examined to see how they will work after Brexit.

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