Who would have bet a few months ago that hardcore Brexiteers would sign up to a whopping divorce bill and a commitment to accept freedom of movement, all EU rules and regulations and ECJ rulings until at least 2021?
Even though David Davis and I don’t agree on many things, we do agree on this (which he said in a speech on the EU in 2012): “If a democracy cannot change its mind, it ceases to be a democracy.”
By Tom Brake MP:
Brexit is nothing if not about big numbers; 3.2 million EU citizens in the UK and at least 1.2 million UK citizens in the EU lives destabilised, a settlement bill which could run to over £50 billion, 800 to 1000 pieces of legislation to be fast-tracked into UK law with minimum or no scrutiny.
As we approach the final months of the year, it's safe to say that 2017 already feels like it will be remembered as a momentous year for the relationship between politics and the digital world.
As the PM stood on the podium inside the Iglesia Novella last Friday with the slogan “shared history, shared challenges and shared future” in the background, one would have been excused for thinking that Theresa May was about to announce that we were staying in the EU after all.
If May isn’t careful, this bill will sink under the weight of all its amendments
The new parliamentary session is getting underway, and tomorrow the government will introduce its “Repeal Bill”—the most significant step yet in the Brexit process. This will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which gives primacy to EU law. All existing EU legislation will then be transposed into British law. At least, that’s the government’s plan.