- Oct 6, 2018
- Probably near London or SF
- SL Rez
- Joined SLU
Interesting article - from an informed observer - on how passing the WA would be merely the start of the process of leaving the EU.
Opinion: Even if Theresa May gets her withdrawal agreement through parliament, Brexit is far from likely
Before we can depart the bloc, the government must pass an implementation bill which could be far more toxic than the deal we have seen so far
May must ultimately win support for an EU withdrawal agreement implementation bill that has not yet been seen by MPs. This legislation is required to implement the terms of withdrawal. If it isn’t passed, no Brexit happens even if May can finally get support for the deal that we know about.
For one thing it would formally approve the £39bn divorce bill, which could still rise depending on how long Britain is stuck in a transition period agreeing a new trade agreement still to follow. This figure is likely to come under intense scrutiny by friends and foes of Brexit alike. What’s more, if we are to have a transition period after we initially leave the EU, parliament must legislate for the temporary supremacy of EU law during the entirety of this process.
According to the withdrawal agreement, this process could continue potentially far beyond 2020 – as originally agreed between May and the EU, it could run until 31 December 2099. It is non-negotiable insofar as we would be bound by EU law during that period – it is contained in the implementation bill too.