The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

Thank you for contacting me regarding amendments proposed to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill also known as the Repeal Bill, which is currently passing through Parliament. It is my intention to support the Government position and deliver a framework for the UK which will minimise disruption to businesses and individuals as the UK leaves the EU.

The Government also wants to ensure that power is returned as close as possible to communities as laws are returned to the UK. I expect that there will be a significant increase in the decision making powers of the devolved administrations but I want this approach to work coherently for the whole of the UK.

Regaining the sovereignty of Parliament is a fundamental principle of the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. I am glad that once the UK has left the EU, the British people will have more control over the decisions that affect their daily lives.

I would like to reassure you that workers' rights, consumer protection and environmental laws will not change and businesses will benefit from this certainty. Parliament will, of course, be free to keep, amend and repeal laws as it sees fit after this date. There may also be some laws which no longer operate as intended and the bill will provide the power for corrections to be made so that the UK legal system can continue to operate.

This bill will transfer EU law, including the case law of the European Court of Justice, into UK law at the point of the UK's departure from the EU. This will make sure that the UK has a functioning statute book when it leaves the EU and it will provide the maximum amount of certainty, control and continuity.

The Bill has already had sixty-four hours of debate in the House of Commons, followed by 20 days of debate in the Lords and now will receive a further two days of debate on Lords amendments. This scrutiny is unprecedented in my parliamentary experience.