by Our London Correspondent
( September 13, 2017, London, Sri Lanka Guardian) EU Withdrawal bill, previously referred to as the Great Reform bill to end the supremacy of EU Law in UK was passed in Parliament by 326 votes to 290 in the early hours of Tuesday, 12 September 2017.
Seven Labour MP’s defied the Whips and voted with the Government. No Conservatives voted against it.
UK’s exit from EU has become the most momentous constitutional change in recent times. Forty odd years of shared development and perhaps growth of EU law in UK is difficult to change in one amendment. Many aspects of British domestic life including economic, financial, social and legal order presently have adapted to EU law, will now have to change.
Once Britain exits the EU, the existing EU law cannot be removed without adequate provision. It ceases to be supreme.
This vast body of EU law with rights and remedies will have to be incorporated into British law.
The EU Withdrawal bill seeks to limit the ability to enforce these rights. In particular the Charter of Fundamental Rights of EU a long standing bone of contention, whose principles form the underlying basis of how EU law should be applied, ceases to apply after exit day in 2019.
The EU repeal bill will give the Government the power to remedy any deficiency by use of statutory instruments, known as “Henry VIII Clause.” This allows ministerial rule by decree.
The Opposition Labour Party and some in the House of Lords are concerned by the sweeping nature of these delegated powers, which are outside the effective scrutiny of Parliament, an essential safeguard of democracy.
The Bill moves it one stage further, but it now faces more opposition, as many as 157 amendments in its next stage.