Don't Block Brexit Campaign

In response to the Don't Block Brexit campaign, David said:

"In the referendum, millions of people voted to leave the EU. The EU (Withdrawal) Bill, also known as the Repeal Bill, ensures that the UK does this in the smoothest possible way and this is why I support it. This Bill is not about whether we leave the EU or about the terms of our exit.

The Bill honours the referendum result and provides certainty for businesses. It repeals the European Communities Act 1972, which gives effect to EU law in the UK, and converts all EU law into UK law. It also provides ministers in the UK Government and in the devolved administrations with temporary powers to make corrections to the law. Without it there would be holes in our legal system and chaos for the British people.

The Bill does not, however, allow the Government to bypass Parliament. MPs will still be able to scrutinise any changes introduced by ministers using delegated powers and major policy changes will be introduced as separate Bills. The Queen's Speech announced legislation on agriculture, immigration and trade. Future laws will be made in London, Edinburgh, Cardiff and Belfast. 

The Prime Minister has promised that Parliament will have a say over the final withdrawal deal but it is not within the Government's power to unilaterally extend the negotiation period for further discussions. EU law is clear that the UK will leave the EU in March 2019 whether or not a withdrawal agreement is reached. By voting for this Bill, the UK will leave the EU in a smooth and orderly way. Voting against the Bill would create chaos and uncertainty."

More information about the campaign can be found here.

#NoBrexit Campaign

In response to the #NoBrexit campaign, 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 once the UK leaves the EU. This will provide the maximum amount of certainty, control and continuity for the UK.

I also believe that a future partnership between the UK and the EU is in the interests of both sides. As the Prime Minister has explained, a good deal for Britain and a good deal for Europe are not competing alternatives and they are not mutually exclusive. The Prime Minister reiterated this in her speech made on the 22 September 2017 in Florence. The full transcript of the speech can found here.

I want to make it absolutely clear that I do not want or expect an outcome with no deal. A responsible government should, of course, prepare for all eventualities and this is exactly what my ministerial colleagues are doing. This includes the unlikely scenario where no agreement can be reached.

The bill recently passed its second reading in the House of Commons on Monday, with 318 votes for and 301 against. The full debate can be found here."

More information about the campaign can be found here.

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.