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UK publishes White Paper to replace EU law post-Brexit

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Yesterday, the United Kingdom government, acting in accordance with the wishes of the British people, began the process for leaving the European Union.

May's notice of the UK's intention to leave the bloc under Article 50 of the EU's Lisbon Treaty was hand-delivered to Tusk in Brussels by Tim Barrow, Britain's permanent representative to the EU. "This unfortunately smacked a little bit of 'We will leave you in the lurch if you're not nice with us'".

Your version of Brexit - a so called "Hard Brexit" - does nothing to unify the 48% with the 52% and shows you are willing to take our country into an unknown land without even considering meaningful negotiations with the EU.

Friday, March 29, 2019 - Barring surprises, Britain leaves at midnight, at the end of the last business day of the quarter.

It said it is making preparations in case talks break down.

In other words, while talks will focus on Barnier's priorities of citizens' rights, budget obligations and border arrangements, notably in Ireland, there will have to be some idea of the future relationship to inform how those are settled.

But it's a worry that in the first battle of this negotiation, the EU's biggest players are so openly opposed to the UK's planned approach.

And many observers highlighted what was seen as May's threat on security. We were there for the trade, we were there for the cooperation, and I thought it right to stay because I wanted more trade and more cooperation.

Tusk was due to give a press conference in Malta with Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat, whose country holds the EU's rotating presidency, to discuss the strategy. But once there is a tentative consensus between the two sides on major topics - the treatment of citizens in each other's nations, billions in budget commitments, legal clarity for companies working in Britain and a solution for Ireland's border with the United Kingdom - the European Union says it would be willing to look ahead.

The Hansard Society has also highlighted the use of so-called "Henry VIII clauses" or delegated legislation, which enables acts of Parliament to be scrapped or amended without going through the normal process and scrutiny of tabling new laws.

"We think that's a smart way to do it, because everybody then can make a judgement as to what's a good outcome for everybody - what the balance of outcomes are".

But as with many divorces, negotiations could rapidly turn nasty over money.

One of the key campaign pledges of the Leave campaign during the EU Referendum was making sure foreign judges did not interfere in United Kingdom law. But the continentals may insist that if Britain retains some rights of membership during the transition, it continue to be subject to the kind of budget payments and legal oversight that irk many Britons.

"We believe that this negotiation should take place in parallel".

In columns published across a series of European publications, the British Prime Minister writes that a good exit deal for Britain from the European Union (EU) was in "all our interests".

All of this means the government faces a "unique challenge" that is complicated by the "scale and complexity of the task", as well the fact that some decisions will be dependent on the result of Britain's negotiations with the European Union, the House of Lords said in a report published earlier this month.

In any event, any deal made with Britain over the next two or three years will have to be approved by the European Parliament.

May has said this will be conditional on a deal for the status of one million British expats in the EU. According to the Department for Exiting the European Union, these will involve "mechanical changes that ensure laws function properly after European Union exit" rather than policy shifts.

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