The day AFTER the conclusion of the Second Reading of the European Union (Notification of Withdrawal) Bill, the government published the White Paper - The United Kingdom's Exit from and Partnership with the European Union. There are 12 key areas - Express - Brexit paper reveals UK plan:
● Providing certainty and clarity where we can as we approach the negotiations.
● Taking control of our own laws and statute book.
● Strengthening the Union by securing a deal that works for the whole of the UK.
● Maintaining the Common Travel Area and protecting our strong historic ties with Ireland.
● Controlling immigration from the EU.
● Securing the rights for EU citizens already living in the UK and the rights of UK nationals living in the EU.
● Protecting and enhancing existing workers’ rights.
● Ensuring free trade with European markets whilst forging a new strategic partnership with the EU.
● Forging ambitious free trade agreements with other countries across the world.
● Ensuring the United Kingdom remains the best place for science and innovation.
● Cooperating in the fight against crime and terrorism.
● And, finally, delivering a smooth, orderly exit from the EU.
Addendum 4th February:
A fuller analysis of the White Paper may be the subject of a further post. However, the following developments are worth noting:
A] Constitution Committee - has taken evidence regarding the idea of the Great Repeal Bill from Professor John Bell, Cambridge University Professor Paul Craig, University of Oxford Professor Alison Young, University of Oxford. A video of this session may be viewed HERE.
The Committee proposes also to examine the scrutiny mechanism necessary for the House of Commons to exercise effective oversight of the use of the powers it has delegated.
C] A legal challenge relating to the European Economic Area (EEA) has been rejected by the High Court - The Guardian 3rd February 2017. Previous post 28th November - Another Brexit conundrum