The commencement order will repeal the European Communities Act of 1972 and bring the European Withdrawal Act MPs voted through last September into force. Theresa May’s government refused to sign the document, which needed a ministers signature to begin the formal process of leaving the European bloc.
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Cabinet Minister dispels ‘project fear scaremongering’ leaked document The signing of the order means Britain will now leave the EU on October 31, fulfilling Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s promise to the people.
In a tweet, the Brexit secretary said: “I have signed the legislation setting in stone the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972. “This is a landmark moment in taking back control of our law. It underlines that we are leaving the EU on October 31.”Senior Tory Brexiteers have previously called the document a ‘do or die’ pledge that ensures the nation will leave on the agreed exit date.
The Brexit Secretary has signed the commencement order (Image: Twitter / @SteveBarclay)
Stephen Barclay shared news of the historic signing on Twitter (Image: Getty)The ECA saw laws directly pass from EU rulemakers to the UK and means Britain will directly control their policies after Halloween.
Speaking to The Times, Deputy Chairman of the European Research Group Steve Baker welcomed the move. He said: “It is absolutely totemic. It shows a transformation in the approach, that Boris Johnson is willing to leave on a fixed date with no question of extension. It’s the do-or-die pledge in black and white.
It’s not merely symbolic. “Once it’s signed that’s it, the UK is leaving. Theresa May did not bring the repeal of the European Communities Act on a fixed date because she was always willing to extend.” JUST IN: Mass EU trespass in to British fishing waters expected post Brexit
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Contemptible Brexit-blocking rabble of MPs thinks youre all morons In an official statement, Mr Baker added: “The ECA saw countless EU regulations flowing directly into UK law for decades, and any government serious about leaving on October 31 should show their commitment to repealing it.
” To signal the signing of the document, Boris Johnson took to Twitter to reaffirm his position on Brexit. He tweeted: “We are leaving the EU on October 31st. The signing of this document means we will take back control of our laws on Brexit day.”The signing comes just days before Prime Minister Boris Johnson will head to the G7 summit where he will meet French leader Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
.He is expected to warn the pair Britain will leave on time, but.....