Today, UK Secretary of State, David Davis made a statement in the House of Commons on the next steps in leaving the European Union. The following is a summary of what he outlined.
” The mandate is clear, and we will reject any attempt to undo the referendum result, any attempt to hold up the process unduly, or any attempt to keep Britain in the EU by the back door by those who didn’t like the answer they were given on June 23.
We will make a success of Brexit – and no one should seek to find ways to thwart the settled will of the people, expressed in the referendum of June 23.
It is now incumbent on the Government to deliver an exit in the most orderly and smooth way possible, delivering maximum certainty for businesses and workers.
We will start by bringing forward a Great Repeal Bill that will mean the European Communities Act ceasing to apply on the day we leave the EU. I can tell the House that we intend to introduce the Great Repeal Bill in the next Parliamentary session.
It was this Act which put EU law above UK law. So it is right, given the clear instruction for exit given to us by the people in the referendum, that we end the authority of EU law.
And we have been clear, UK employment law already goes further than EU law in many areas – and this Government will do nothing to undermine those rights in the workplace.
In order to leave the EU, we will follow the process set out in Article 50 of the EU Treaty.
The Prime Minister will invoke Article 50 no later than the end of March next year.
The clarity on the timing of our proposed exit also gives the European Union the time needed to prepare its position for the negotiation. And we will, as Britain always should, abide by our treaty obligations – not tearing up EU law unilaterally, as some have suggested, but ensuring stability and certainty as Britain takes control on the day of exit and not before”.