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EU Withdrawl Bill will prevent ‘chaos and huge cliff edge for businesses’

PUBLISHED: 10:48 13 September 2017 | UPDATED: 10:48 13 September 2017

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson

Dartford MP Gareth Johnson

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Dartford’s MP writes his monthly column for the Gravesend Reporter

Dartford’s Brexiteer MP Gareth Johnson has responded to the latest Parliamentary bill regarding Brexit in his monthly column, read it below.

On Monday night, MPs voted in favour of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill after its second reading in the House of Commons.

The Bill was passed with a majority of 36 votes and it will now go forward to the committee stages for further scrutiny.

Getting this bill approved will be a really important step in the process of leaving the EU as it will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and convert existing EU law into UK law as well as create temporary powers to correct laws that no longer operate appropriately.

This bill is separate from the negotiations going on in Brussels. This is the bill that ensures there will be continuity and certainty for businesses and people once we leave the EU, meaning the day after we leave is the same as the day before. It will ensure there are no gaps in our statute books. It is only then we can work to change and amend the laws of Britain as we see fit and this will be carried out in Westminster or in the devolved administrations in Belfast, Edinburgh or Cardiff.

This second reading was a really important step but there is still a long way to go before it becomes law with the committee stages and third reading.

During the next stage (the Committee of the Whole House) the Bill will be scrutinised and debated clause by clause for eight days on the floor of the House of Commons.

Whilst this is happening, the ongoing negotiations taking place in Brussels between the Secretary of State for Exiting the EU, David Davis, and European Chief Negotiator, Michel Barnier, will continue to seek an ‘Exit’ deal for the EU as well as future trading agreements.

I appreciate there are some people who want to frustrate the Brexit process and didn’t want to support this bill, but the outcome of the referendum must be respected and therefore the UK must leave the European Union. If this bill doesn’t pass, it will result in chaos and a huge cliff edge for businesses to contend with and I am very surprised the Labour Party didn’t support it. This is not about starting the Brexit process, Article 50 already did that last March.

As a strong Brexit supporter, representing a constituency that voted strongly in favour of leaving the EU, I am really pleased this vote was passed. We need to continue to work hard to deliver the referendum result and ensure the will of the people is honoured.

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