London: Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-reigning monarch in British history, today addressing both Houses of Parliament here, underlined that following on from the 2016 referendum, the UK government will bring forward a legislation to deliver on the will of the British people and ensure a smooth and orderly withdrawal from the European Union.
Today the British Queen, accompanied by The Prince of Wales, opened Parliament for the 64th time during her reign.
The Queen said that a bill will be introduced to repeal the European Communities Act and provide certainty for individuals and businesses. This will be complemented by legislation to ensure that the United Kingdom makes a success of Brexit, establishing new national policies on immigration, international sanctions, nuclear safeguards, agriculture, and fisheries.
This Bill will allow for a smooth and orderly transition as the UK leaves the EU, ensuring that, wherever practical, the same rules and laws apply after exit and therefore maximising certainty for individuals and businesses.
The Bill will:
repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and convert EU law into UK law as we leave the EU.
Create temporary powers for Parliament to make secondary legislation, enabling corrections to be made to the laws that do not operate appropriately once we have left the EU; it will also allow changes to be made to domestic law to reflect the content of any withdrawal agreement under Article 50
replicate the common UK frameworks created by EU law in UK law, and maintain the scope of devolved decision-making powers immediately after exit. This will be a transitional arrangement to provide certainty after exit and allow intensive discussion and consultation with the devolved administrations on where lasting common frameworks are needed
The Bill does not put any constraints on the withdrawal agreement we will make with the EU and further legislation will be introduced to support such an agreement if and when required.
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