Streeting – Repeal Bill shows no attempt at compromise despite Government’s fine words

Commenting on the publication of the Repeal Bill today, Wes Streeting MP, leading supporter of Open Britain, said:

“The Government may have given themselves Henry VIII powers, but it would take someone with the skill and ruthlessness of Thomas Cromwell to get this mess of a Bill through Parliament.

“The British people did not vote to take away powers from their elected representatives in our sovereign Parliament to give back control to Ministers in Whitehall. Yet the ‘Repeal Bill’ grants the Government extraordinarily broad powers to make big changes to our laws, including after we have left the EU, at the stroke of a ministerial pen. This is undemocratic, unaccountable, and simply wrong.

“Such powers could put vital workers’ rights at risk before and after we leave. And the decision to leave the Charter of Fundamental Rights breaches the red lines of the opposition parties just days after the Prime Minister said she wanted their ideas and a more consensual approach to Brexit. 

“The Government has made fine noises about consultation, but the proof of the pudding is in the eating and we have seen no attempt at compromise in this Bill. MPs must fight this all the way in Parliament and they will.”