This headline alone is worth a victory lap!
The prime minister proposes her Great Repeal
How about this? One more lap I think…
Brexit begins: Theresa May takes axe to EU laws
And this editorial headline:
The Great Repeal Bill is a bold move by Theresa May
(Also Sunday Telegraph)
So, what’s the fuss, Sandy? Why are you dancing around waving the Union Jack? Because liberty is on the march today in two nations in the EU.
The Great Repeal is a bill that will repeal the enabling act that is the foundation of EU authority in the United Kingdom, the European Communities Act of 1972. Let’s quote the Prime Minister (from the Telegraph):
She said on Saturday night: “We will introduce, in the next Queen’s Speech, a Great Repeal Bill that will remove the European Communities Act from the statute book. That was the act that took us into the European Union.
“This marks the first stage in the UK becoming a sovereign and independent country once again. It will return power and authority to the elected institutions of our county. It means that the authority of EU law in Britain will end.”
Sounds good. One more sweetened tea for me. Now the Secretary of State (no not THAT one!) for Exiting the EU (Isn’t this a wonderful title?) MP David Davis elaborated in the Telegraph:
“EU law will be transposed into domestic law, wherever practical, on exit day,” he will say. “It will be for elected politicians here to make the changes to reflect the outcome of our negotiation and our exit. That is what people voted for: power and authority residing once again with the sovereign institutions of our own country.”
Now the UK can and will maintain as domestic law some of the EU rules, but the reports I am reading say that the EU courts will, after the Great Repeal, not have authority over the UK.
There is a fly in the ointment – not all Tory MPs are on board (from the Sunday Mail):
Former business minister Anna Soubry criticised the Article 50 timing as giving more power to the EU in the negotiations.
She conceded her constituents in Broxtowe had narrowly voted in favour of leaving the EU. But she suggested she may not vote for the repeal legislation.
‘Do I now put aside everything I’ve ever believed in and vote for something that I don’t believe in as a Member of Parliament?’ she told ITV’s Peston on Sunday.
‘This is a really important constitutional question. I stood on a very clear platform when I stood to be the member of Parliament for Broxtowe that I was in favour of staying in the European Union. It’s been my long-held belief all my life.’
Now what about Article 50? As I understand my reading, the Article 50 invocation will be timed to supplement the Great Repeal. PM May says this in the Mail:
‘But yes, I will be saying in my speech today that we will trigger (Article 50) before the end of March next year.’
At some point early next year, Mrs May will trigger Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty and begin the two-year process to withdraw Britain from the EU. But she must also ensure that parliament votes through the Great Repeal Bill. The Bill will need to come into effect on the day Britain formally leaves the EU. It will convert existing EU law into British law and, in theory, ensure a smooth transition.
So my UK readers who want Brexit to work need to keep their MP apprised on their feelings (politely and civilly always!) – in person if you can! UKIP members should be ready for an election but also ready to be good constituents.
BUT this is a nice victory for today. There are many fights to go. When it is all over, let’s remember that Nigel Farage and UKIP were able to bring the victory (of course the Lord gets all credit) and the UK can be free.
What about Hungary? There is a referendum on the ballot that is expected to pass widely that basically says that Hungary will defy the EU quota on refugees. Now it is distasteful to say refugees are unwelcome. It offends my sense of compassion as a follower of Christ. But let’s distinguish between the Christian duty to help those in need and the ability of a nation to take care of its own people first before you take in more to help. Some nations have better immigration laws for temporary havens than say the US. Eventually the goal ought that most of the Syrians end up back home.
The issue for me in Hungary is liberty and sovereignty. The EU is a superempire not built on the consent of the people. It needs to be replaced with a loose confederation of states working together. So this vote, as distasteful as it might be, is a small victory for sovereignty. So is your vote November 8 for Donald Trump.