Brexit cannot allow ministers to run roughshod over communities

By Rob Whiteman | 27 September 2017
  • Rob Whiteman

Earlier this month, MPs voted to back the Prime Minister’s EU withdrawal bill, which is designed to end the EU’s supremacy in UK law. Theresa May heralded the vote as ‘a historic decision to back the will of the British people’.

As soon as the Brexit bill was passed by the Commons, MPs from all sides of the political spectrum put forward amendments, with the sentiment that, as it stands, the bill will give ministers free reign to modify legislation with only minimal parliamentary scrutiny. This means that rather than giving more power to the people, these so-called ‘Henry VIII Powers’ would allow the government to ‘take back control’ from the parliament.

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