31.03.2016

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728 days to go until we leave the EU!


As you read this, MPs are already on holiday. They've packed their bags in London and are back in their constituencies. There, they'll be talking to constituents as well as campaigning for the upcoming local elections on 4th May. Ther's a little more about the below.

I just wanted to take you quickly through the Brexit developments.It's all been kicking off and, well, I just thought this might be useful.

Article 50 - It's happened. A 6 page letter was hand delivered on Wednesday. I'm sure you heard about it. We're out in 2 years. 

Great Repeal Bill - Plans have been officially announced. This will repeal the European Communities Act. That's the law that put us into the EU in the first place. It will also put (almost) all EU laws into UK law. Then we can set about changing and getting rid of bits. This will be a major law with lots of debate. I'm sure you are already excited to read about it all in our email.

Negotiations - They're under way. In an informal way. The letter May wrote to trigger Article 50 laid out what she wants from Brexit. It was pretty much what she's already said. Today, we've been told the terms of exit (the technicalities of leaving. Often referred to as divorce settlements) will be pretty much sorted before we can start debating free trade deals. 


Ireland -This morning Donald Tusk has said 'We will seek creative and flexible solutions' on border between Northern Ireland and Ireland. So at least it's clear that everyone wants the same thing.

I'm not going to go into any more detail here. I know you've got limited patience! 

We want to answer your questions! If there is something you aren't sure about (Brexit or elsewhere), please feel free to email us. IF we get a few, we'll include answers as a section of next week's email.
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