Government must not use Great Repeal Bill to scrap EU laws, say MPs

EU laws could be changed as they are translated into British law through the Great Repeal Bill, the House of Lords Constitution Committee has warned today (Tuesday).

The Committee says that the Bill is likely to include wide-ranging delegated powers, which would permit the Government to make a broad range of changes via secondary legislation to the body of EU law in preparation for its conversion into UK law. Open Britain argues that these could be used to scrap vital rights at work that are enshrined in EU law.

The House of Lords Constitution Committee argues that Parliament should seek to limit the scope of the delegated powers contained in the Bill, and that the Government is using the delegated powers it acquires under the Bill appropriately. 

Commenting, Dominic Grieve MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“There must be no question of the Government creating statutory instrument powers in the Great Repeal Bill to change the law at will. 

“Any changes to the law must involve a full Act of Parliament, not a secondary legislative device which bypasses Parliamentary scrutiny.”

Also commenting, Ben Bradshaw MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“Theresa May promised the British people that she would protect and advance our rights at work, and the EU rules that protect consumers and the environment. But this report shows how Ministers could scrap these rights and protections without even passing an Act of Parliament.

“The Government must immediately rule out any reduction whatsoever of workers’ rights as a result of changes to the Great Repeal Bill. To do so through the back door would be a betrayal of working people.”