Time For A Brexit Law To Guarantee The Referendum Result

Over two months has passed since the people of the United Kingdom voted to leave the EU. It was billed as the most momentous decision the electorate would take for a generation. But what has happened to date? Absolutely nothing. The scare stories have not materialised and the British people still do not have control. Their laws are still made by 28 unelected EU Commissioners, their Parliament is still not sovereign and their Supreme Court is still not supreme. Many people feel their votes will simply be ignored. What we need is a symbolic gesture to prove that come what may we are leaving the EU.

Recent reports have suggested a ‘Brexit Bill’ is being pushed forward by Eurosceptics. Hopefully this will become a ‘Brexit Law’ sooner rather than later. The idea behind this is for the UK Parliament to pass an Act of Parliament repealing the European Communities Act 1972 (the piece of domestic law which made the UK a member of the EU).

The ‘Brexit Law’ would not come into force immediately, instead it would come into force on a stated date – let’s say 1st January 2020 (this date is merely an example which could be modified in accordance with the Government’s timetable for Brexit).

This new Act would be symbolic, and would not change the UK’s position within the EU by itself, as the UK’s withdrawal from the EU can only be done in reality (both legally and politically) through triggering Article 50. What it would do, however, is to prove once and for all “Brexit means Brexit”, Theresa May’s own favourite soundbite. This is an action which would speak far lounder than words.

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