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.