Delegated Powers and the EU Repeal Bill

In response to the campaign on the delegated powers granted by the EU Repeal Bill, David said:

"The Prime Minister has been clear that she wishes to minimise disruption to businesses and individuals as the UK leaves the EU. That is why the Repeal Bill is being introduced and why I support it. 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.

When closing the Second Reading of the Bill on Monday 11th September, I addressed its 3 main criticisms: the inclusion of underlying principles of EU law; the matter of devolution and the powers of devolved Administrations; and the issue of the delegated powers that are granted by the Bill. My full speech, as well as the full debate on the Bill, can be found here:

The Bill will also give ministers in the UK Government and in the devolved administrations a temporary power to make legal corrections to transposed EU legislation. This power will be limited to two years after exit day. It is important to emphasise that this power could only be used to make corrections to transposed law, rather than implement major policy changes. Crucially, Parliament or the devolved legislatures will also be able to scrutinise any statutory instrument made under this power.

I can also assure you that the UK will leave the EU on 29 March 2019 and that this means leaving the single market and the customs union at that point. The single market and the customs union are the main and essential elements of the EU. To remain in either would mean not really leaving the EU at all. Leaving these will ensure that the referendum result is respected in full and that the UK has more control over the issues you mention.

The Bill passed its Second Reading in the House of Commons on Monday 11th September by 326 votes to 290 votes."

More information about the campaign can be found here.