Brexit: A long unwinding begins

Repeal Bill marks only a proportion of the legislative battles to come as UK leaves the EU

British Brexit secretary David Davis, who has made an appeal for MPs to ‘work together’ on the UK’s exit from the EU. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

British Brexit secretary David Davis, who has made an appeal for MPs to ‘work together’ on the UK’s exit from the EU. Photograph: Jonathan Brady/PA

The British government’s Repeal Bill, published yesterday, proposes to end its European Union membership and the supremacy of EU law after negotiations on the United Kingdom’s exit are completed in 2019. The enormous complexity of disentangling the country’s 44 years of interdependence with the EU is brought home by this clever but politically perilous piece of legislation.

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