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>> Begin with permission I would like to make a statement.>> It's been dubbed the Great Repeal Bill. Brexiteers might call it the great escape. The government's landmark legislation to take powers back from the EU.>> We have been clear we want a smooth and orderly exit. And the Great Repeal Bill is integral to that approach.
It'll provide clarity and certainty for businesses, workers and consumers across the United Kingdom on the day we leave the EU.>> The government argues this is about sufficiently turning EU into UK law. But all ready the methods are raising concerns. I'm Reuters' Jacob Greaves reporting from Westminster where most of the Brexit campaign was forced along the lines of taking back control.
Question is, will that control bypass Parliament and end up in the hands of the Prime Minister? The UK's Brexit Secretary presenting the bill to Parliament Thursday. The plan to claw back thousands of laws ranging from workers rights to the environment. The concern is whether they'll be given proper parliamentary scrutiny or just pushed through with executive powers.
The government says that simply won't be the case. But Labour claims ministers were being handed sweeping powers to make hasty, ill thought out legislation.>> We have to make sure that the way in which they introduce these law is not, trust us, we'll introduce something later. It's just a tweak.
There'll be a sunset clause, we'll just introduce it for a few years, then we'll look at it again. All of these sorts of things are all the kind of tricks that a government may try, and we, as the opposition, have to stop them.>> Those opposed tricks have come to be known as Henry VIII clauses, based on the way in which a 16th century monarch ruled.
Brexit plans to take back control, perhaps just not that far back.