As to the substance of Keir Starmer’s complaint

Theresa May and the government would face a race against time to pass a slew of new laws, or risk creating an “unsustainable legal vacuum”, if Britain plunged out of the EU without a deal, Labour’s Keir Starmer has warned.

Dominic Raab insisted last week that the government had the legislation in place to cope, if Britain is forced to leave in March 2019 without a withdrawal agreement.

“Our laws will be on the statute book, the staff will be in place, the teams will be in post and our institutions will be ready for Brexit – deal, or no deal,” the Brexit secretary said.

But Labour’s analysis suggests new legislation would have to be passed hastily in four key policy areas:

EU citizens’ rights.
Immigration rules for EU travellers entering Britain.
Criminals held under the European arrest warrant.
The Irish border.

Note what Starmer’s compaint actually is. If we change the laws then we’ll have to change the laws.

Well, yes, probably so Keir.

15 thoughts on “As to the substance of Keir Starmer’s complaint”

  1. Bloke in North Dorset

    We must be getting close to peak no deal.

    I heard someone on LBC claiming to be from the electricity generating industry saying that if we don’t have a deal then the lights will go out because we won’t be able to import electricity from France.

    He didn’t get round to explaining why we need to be in a political union and/or customs union and/or single market to trade electrons with France, something we’ve been doing successfully to our mutual economic benefit since 1961.

  2. Having been a director of an animal feed mill at the time of our entry to the EEC, I have to say that the ” technical notices” ( assuming they are accurate and fully informative) are at least a year late for a ” No Deal” Brexit at the end of March next year.

    From late 1971 onwards firms were given increasingly detailed guidance of what they would need to do in order to make a living in the strange new world of the Common Agricultural a Policy. So although the European Comminities Act did not receive the royal assent until October 1972, we were ready for the changeover on January 1st 1973.

    As Mrs May announced her ambition for us to become a ” third country” in January 2017, the notices should have been published then as a reminder of what the situation would be if she did not achieve her (then secret) plan for a ” Deep and Special Relationship”. She had thrown her toys out of the pram and was expecting the kind grown-ups in Brussels to bring back her favourites and say ” there, there”

  3. I recall an agreed transition period to the end of December 2020 during which time nothing will change, apart from the UK having no MEPs, no Commissioner, but basically paying in and carrying on as before.
    Have I missed some important announcement about this, because everyone with a modicum of hysteresis seems to think everything will change at the end of March 2019

  4. @Bongo I also recall nothing being agreed until everything is agreed. I don’t think anything has been signed definitively since article 50.

  5. Laws require MPs to pass them, don’t they? There’s enough of the lazy, useless cvnts hanging around the H’s of P. Give them something to do rather than take long holidays & go on fact finding tours of expensive foreign hotels. Lock ’em in if necessary. Get some real whips. The ones with the knots & the nails’d provide incentive.

  6. A legal vacuum? That’s one under 900 watts under current EU law.

    Lawyers complain that we don’t have enough laws. Bakers complain that the low-carb fad is hurting their profit margins. At least the bakers don’t demand government intervention.

  7. In that large collection of shite-scum known as the HoC , Starmer stands out as the turd-filled scumbags turd-filled scumbag.

    He may yet escape Hell as even Satan has some standards.

  8. But Labour’s analysis suggests new legislation would have to be passed hastily in four key policy areas:

    EU citizens’ rights.
    Immigration rules for EU travellers entering Britain.
    Criminals held under the European arrest warrant.
    The Irish border.

    Well call me dim if you like but I don’t see why anything need be done hastily or in one case at all.

  9. Surely we should be 18 months into the transition period already? The transisition should have started when Article 50 was triggered. This is like the telephone number changeover all over again where Ofcom said: “New numbers start in March, stop using the old numbers by December” and the masses took that as “oooo, I’d better think about considering whether to use the new numbers sometime after December”.

  10. “EU citizens’ rights.
    Immigration rules for EU travelers entering Britain.
    Criminals held under the European arrest warrant.
    The Irish border.”

    Well, the first two seem easy – ‘same as non-EU, non UK, citizens *right now*’

    The third, likewise – ‘Fuck your tinpot gestapo paperwork’.

    The 4th one is the only one that might be challenging. I understand the Irish might take exception to a border being put back up. Soooooo – given Ireland is separated from the rest of the UK by several miles of ocean . . maybe put the immigration and customs booths on the UK side of those ferry crossings? The UK ‘mainland’ gets its border control, the Irish still get free movement, and if that free movement sees too many shitheels causing problems, they can always ask for the border guards to be moved back over.

    So, that’s done, where’s my Civil Servant salary and what club do I get to drink lunch in today?

  11. maybe put the immigration and customs booths on the UK side of those ferry crossings?

    The DUP won’t allow that, and as they’re propping up May’s poor excuse for a government it’s not going to happen.

    The solution has been posted here before:

    1) Announce “We’re not going to install a hard border”
    2) Say “What you do on your side is up to you and your EU masters”
    3) er,
    4) that’s it!

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