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Repeal now, pay later

May is inviting MPs to trust her on Brexit. They shouldn’t

Theresa May’s proposed Great Repeal Act moves the Brexit debate on, but only on how Brexit will occur. The what—the shape of our future relations with Europe, that is, the question glossed over by May’s “Brexit means Brexit” soundbite—remains unanswered.

From one point of view, repeal legislation merely advances to today a step that would otherwise be taken tomorrow. The European Communities Act 1972—which translates into our domestic law the rights and responsibilities derived from European Union membership—would need repealing anyway. And the mooted Act won’t take effect until we leave. It does nothing now.

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In Prospect’s November issue: Sam Tanenhaus argues Donald Trump is a consequence of the American government ignoring the people—and they’ll have to deal with his impact whether he wins or loses the presidential election. Diane Roberts explores the rage eating America by looking at the people that government has failed. Switching the focus to the UK, David Marquand and a quartet of commentators assess Labour’s position—with varying conclusions. Also in this issue: Matthew Qvortrup looks at the relationship between Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin, two of Europe’s most important politicians whose lives have long been intertwined. Andy Burnham, Labour’s candidate for the mayor of Manchester, lays down the reasons why the northern powerhouse is so important and Prospect’s Arts and Books Editor Sameer Rahim reviews Zadie Smith’s latest novel.
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