Tony Blair calls for tougher immigration rules to prevent Brexit

Lester Mason
September 11, 2017

Ahead of the debate, Mr Davis said: "A vote against this Bill is a vote for a chaotic exit from the European Union".

The Bill overturns the 1972 Act which took Britain into the European Economic Community and incorporates relevant EU laws into the United Kingdom statute book to prevent black holes in the law at the point of Brexit.

The main opposition Labour party has vowed to try to defeat the bill, however, arguing that its provisions to smooth the transfer of European Union laws represent an unacceptable expansion of executive power.

Labour will vote against the legislation, arguing so-called "Henry VIII" powers in the Bill that would allow ministers to alter laws without full parliamentary scrutiny amount to a "power-grab". Brexit will mean "fewer jobs and a less prosperous country".

The People's March For Europe saw an estimated 50,000 people walk from London's Hyde Park to Parliament Square, where a number of speakers included Liberal Democrat MP Ed Davey and Labour MEP Mary Honeyball.

Theresa May is being urged to sack a Labour peer who heads the government's infrastructure body after he damned David Davis's negotiating approach and vowed to attempt to reverse Brexit.

It is noted that this March is part of a wave of protests arising from Brexit.

This "Law of (withdrawal of) the european Union" provides, in effect, to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which had marked the accession of the United Kingdom to the european Union and recognised the primacy of community law over british law.

"It would be ministers who decided our new trade arrangements, customs arrangements and immigration rules, any deal on citizens' rights and much else", Starmer wrote in the Sunday Times newspaper.

Justice Minister Dominic Raab attacked Labour's opposition to the EU Withdrawal Bill branding it the "biggest con trick" perpetrated by party leader Jeremy Corbyn on the public.

That was largely attributed to a growing number of firms in the sector looking to hedge their bets - given continuing Brexit uncertainty - by either planning to open new offices or boost staffing in such cities in order to maintain access to European Union customers and markets after the United Kingdom leaves.

In an interview with AFP, O'Grady said that "all options are on the table. but from what we see, staying in the single market would be best for Britain, best for workers".

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