Brexit repeal bill turns back 'on a system of laws that influenced and became the fabric' of UK society

By Hélaine Lefrançois

The British parliament was on Thursday presented with the bill of law that aims to transfer European Union (EU) law into British law at the moment of the country’s exit from the EU in two years time. The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, more widely known as the “repeal bill”, is necessary to avoid a black hole in legislation on the day after Britain leaves the union, but will allow the British parliament to subsequently remove any number of the EU laws adopted into national legislation. For an explanation of the complexity of the task, Mediapart’s UK correspondent Hélaine Lefrançois spoke to lawyer Robert Bell, specialised in EU and British competition laws with the London law firm Bryan Cave who says that, beyond the proposed legislation, “I just do not see how Brexit can be negotiated in two years”.

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The publication on Thursday of the British conservative government’s “European Union (Withdrawal) Bill” immediately prompted a fierce reaction from opposition parties, with the Labour Party making clear it would oppose the text in its current form and Liberal Democrat party leader Tim Farron warning the government that its passage through parliament “will be hell”.