GETTYThe Brexit Bill has been touted as the key to freedom from Brussels
Britain’s European Union (Withdrawal) Bill has been touted as the key to freedom from Brussels, but may actually betray Eurosceptics as it does not include an exit date.
The bill converts all European Union law into UK law, while also repealing the legislation which put Britain in the Brussels bloc in 1972.
But throughout the 66-page document, the end date is only referred to as “exit day” - despite being mentioned 128 times.
And not once is the date March 29, 2019 - widely acknowledged as the end of the two-year Article 50 process and the day on which Britain leaves the EU - set down in writing.Related articles
REUTERSThe bill converts all European Union law into UK law
The omission seems to have raised eyebrows in Westminster, with Brexiteers worried it could be a mechanism to delay Brexit while others are concerned the lack of date could give the Government too much power.
And critics of Theresa May and her cabinet are voicing their thoughts over why ministers are so reluctant to name a date.
In the bill, exit day is defined as the day designated by the government as the end of the UK’s membership of the EU.
The process is later clarified in the document and says the exit day will be set down in legislation as a so-called statutory instrument, which does not need a full vote in the House of Commons but in a smaller committee in which the Government has a majority.
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Former leader of the UK Independence Party (UKIP) Nigel Farage (L) gestures as he speaks with EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker (R) prior to a debate on the conclusions of the last European Council, at the European Parliament in Strasbourg
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