The London House of Deputies approved a draft law to revoke the British EU membership law Wednesday evening. The draft is now in front of the upper chamber, House of Lords, and a multi-month debate is expected until the final parliamentary decision.
The comprehensive legislative bill, which created the legal framework for the expiry of the British EU membership, was formally presented by the Minority British Government, led by the Conservative Party, in July last year – this Parliamentary act of the referendum was the first reading stage – and the House of Commons after the two-day general debate, in principle 326-290.
The detailed, third-reading discussion of the draft began in mid-November: the Lower House legislators have since revised the letter in practice from letter to letter and have been accepted at 324-295 Wednesday evening.
Many members of the House of Lords, however, oppose Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union, and although the upper chamber of non-elected members can not block the Brexit process, it may attach any number of amendments to the Revocation Bill – which is quite likely – and in this in this case, the draft will again be brought to the lower house to discuss the modifications of the House of Commons.
It is expected that the parliamentary debate on the draft may take up to May.
Among the key elements of the motion are the withdrawal of the 46-year-old law on UK membership of the EU and the transfer of 19,000 laws and regulations of EU law to the UK legal system.
The current form of the Act of Accession of 1972 stipulates that the new legislation adopted at EU level will in all cases become British law. Thus, Brexit, that is, the withdrawal of the United Kingdom from the European Union also means that this external source, which is taken into account in the 1972 Act of Accession, will be terminated.
This is why it is up to the British EU membership to be expected by March next year to have a separate law on the withdrawal of the law on British accession.
The draft also foresees the withdrawal of British legislation from the jurisdiction of the Court of Justice of the European Union. The latter also applies to the question of the rights of foreign EU citizens living in the United Kingdom, which, according to the draft, would also be transferred to the jurisdiction of the British courts.
The final parliamentary adoption of the draft is a major challenge for the ruling Conservative Party, which in the early elections held last June also lost its already short-lived superstate majority and has since become a minority, the largest Protestant force in Northern Ireland, with the external ad hoc support of the Democratic Union Party (DUP) govern.