The Brexit Bill
has been ‘Gina Miller-proofed’ says Government as formal Parliamentary process to leave EU gets underway. Boris Johnson’s new Brexit Bill has been beefed up to stop campaigners trying to scupper its progress in the courts ahead of the UK’s expected exit from the European Union in six weeks’ time.
Conservative MPs cheered as the House of Commons agreed to sit on Friday to consider legislation required to implement the Prime Minister’s deal that he hammered out with EU leaders last October.
The news came as the Government confirmed that the Department for Exiting the European Union
will be disbanded at the end of next month as Brexit happens. “The strengthened version of the [Brexit] Bill makes clear that the UK will leave the EU at 11pm on Friday January 31, rather than leaving open the possibility of quitting the trading bloc earlier than that date. It also makes it unlawful for any minister to stop the UK leaving on Jan 31 or extending the implementation period to after Dec 31 2020. MPs will also not be given a veto over an extension of the transition period nor will they have to approve the future relationship treaty, despite the commitments existing in the last version of the legislation”.
The Times looks at a planned revision of the Treason Laws “Britain’s archaic treason laws could be updated to enable the prosecution of those who leak secrets to “hostile states”. The move comes amid concern about the activities of Russia and China in the West. The government announced in the Queen’s Speech that it was “considering the case” for updating Britain’s 650-year-old treason laws as part of a new espionage bill. Revising the Treason Act of 1351, which has not been used since 1945, would enable the government to prosecute anyone who participates in “harmful activity” with a foreign state”.
Reasonable to wonder if that revised Bill will be used against those who are aiding and abetting Brussels in their aim to thwart Brexit. Perhaps it could be applied to Ms Sturgeon and the SNP, when we read that Brussels allegedly is talking to her, hinting that they will help the SNP to fast-track Scotland’s entry into the EU should they get their IndyRef 2, breaking up the Union.
It’s not just British villages that lose their idiots. Belgian idiot Guy Verhofstadt
threatened Boris Johnson with denying the UK its Brexit January 31 deadline as he urged MEPs to vote against the withdrawal agreement unless the Prime Minister gives EU citizens full rights to remain in the UK. Speaking in the European Parliament yesterday, the Belgian MEP claimed Strasbourg’s “consent” necessary for the first stage of Brexit to be completed will not be as straightforward as people think.
Verhofstadt urged his MEP colleagues to deny such consent to the British Parliament when it will come to rectify Boris Johnson’s withdrawal agreement unless the Prime Minister gives legal assurances to EU citizens living in the UK and UK citizens living in the continent. “Never citizens, British or European, can be the victim of this in my opinion not very intelligent choice of Brexit. And I want to do an appeal to Prime Minister Boris Johnson to be generous in his victory and to give all the European citizens and the British citizens alike living on the continent the full rights as they have today. Automatically, to all of them, no ifs no buts, as he always says”.
It comes as Boris Johnson is expected to seek to change the law to prevent the EU granting another delay to Brexit after both German Chancellor Angela Merkel and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen made remarks about the bloc struggling to meet the Prime Minister’s current deadline. MPs have been put on notice to vote as early as today on his Brexit deal to crack on with the Prime Minister’s general election promise of getting the country out of the EU next month.
The revamped EU Withdrawal Agreement Bill is expected to enshrine in law his commitment to free the UK from free movement rules and multi-billion payments to Brussels by the end of next year. A Number 10 source said last night “Last week the public voted for a government that would get Brexit done and move this country forward and that’s exactly what we intend to do, starting this week”.