Repeal Bill gives Ministers “unprecedented powers”

– according to Unlock Democracy:

The Government’s Repeal Bill is supposed to ‘copy and paste’ thousands of laws ready for when the UK leaves the EU – but it gives Ministers unprecedented powers to hit ‘delete’ on things they don’t like, without any effective scrutiny.

Food standards, clean air and workers rights are just some of the things in the firing line.

It’s not an exaggeration to say this is the most complicated change in the law that Parliament has ever had to deal with.

When the Government first started talking of a ‘Repeal Bill’ to transfer EU law to UK law, I was worried it could be used to change laws through the back door.

It’s supposed to ‘copy and paste’ thousands of laws, regulations and court judgements ready for when the UK leaves the EU – but it gives Ministers unprecedented powers to hit ‘delete’ on things they don’t like, without any effective scrutiny.

And leaders in Scotland and Wales are furious with the bill – Nicola Sturgeon and Carwyn Jones have refused to back it unless the new restrictions it places on their governments are removed.

We were promised that we would take back control but we’re getting decisions being taken behind closed doors.

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