A British bulldog toy at a pro-EU demonstration in London in October. The group suggests its report will ‘identify potential stumbling blocks’ in the Brexit process [Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA].

A British bulldog toy at a pro-EU demonstration in London in October. The group suggests its report will ‘identify potential stumbling blocks’ in the Brexit process [Image: Facundo Arrizabalaga/EPA].

Considering the intelligence level of our senior MPs, it seems clear that negotiating their way through a restaurant menu must be a tough proposition for them.

It seems clear, therefore, that Brexit must be beyond their meagre talents.

I mean, take the Great Repeal Bill. Hasn’t anybody had the wit to point out to Theresa May that it repeals nothing?

It actually solidifies in UK law every single rule and regulation the EU has sent our way.

So ‘Leave’ campaigners are getting the exact opposite of what they wanted. They’re not losing ‘red tape’; they’re being tied up in it.

Any repeal of these rules, regulations and whatnot won’t happen until afterwards – and probably at a snail’s pace.

If the Tories can’t even get their own definitions right, what hope is there for international negotiations?

Managing Britain’s exit from the European Union is such a formidable and complex challenge that it could overwhelm politicians and civil servants for years, senior academics have warned.

Theresa May has announced she will trigger article 50 – the two-year process of negotiating a separation from the EU – by the end of March next year. The government will also publish a great repeal bill, which will transfer all EU-originated laws into British law, so that MPs can decide how much they want to discard.

A report from The UK in a Changing Europe, an independent group of academics led by Prof Anand Menon of King’s College London, warns that this will only be the start of the process of extricating Britain from the EU and establishing new relationships with other member states.

Source: Brexit so complex it could overwhelm politicians, warn senior academics | Politics | The Guardian

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