Theresa May faces the prospect of a humiliating Commons defeat on her ‘great repeal bill’ after Labour said their MPs would not back it unless she made sweeping changes.
Shadow Brexit secretary Keir Starmer said last night he was putting the Prime Minister ‘on notice’ of the changes he said needed to be made, including on workers’ rights and parliamentary scrutiny.
I don’t actually understand what he’s saying.
The words he’s using, we must make sure rights remain in UK law etc. OK, I don’t agree, but I understand that. This bill moves all current rights into UK law. For as we repeal the European Communities Act those enacted under EU law will no longer apply. So, as far as I can see, the bill is doing exactly what he wants it to be doing. It’s enacting in UK law those EU rights so that they remain. It all comes later when we discuss which will stay in UK law, that’s not part of this bill.
So what actually is it that he’s complaining about?
Please note, this isn’t rhetoric or anything from me. I’m genuinely mystified. Anyone?