Prime Minister Theresa May’s Tory conference speech focused on assuring the party’s members that Europe will not dominate the conference meetings, especially Brexit.
Mrs May said that Britain should focus on being a country that “works for all”. She addressed the party members at the start of the meeting. Despite pushing Brexit on the sidelines, she said she will not backslide on the subject.
In her speech, she had included a snippet for the Brexit. She outlined her plan of invoking article 50, the formal process of negotiating an exit by the end of March.
She then said that she would pass the “Great Repeal Act” in 2017 January. This would replace the UK legislation from 1972 that guaranteed their UK membership.
The new law would help provide certainty for businesses by allowing them to maintain their status. However, the delay in addressing Brexit may also mean the legislation with the EU could be further delayed.
This Great Repeal Act, which at the outset will do little more than replicate EU law in domestic legislation, is a pragmatic act of housekeeping: it would be simply impossible for Britain’s lawmakers to run the slide-rule over every piece of EU legislation pre-Brexit to decide what to keep and what to ditch.
Thirdly, Mrs May repeatedly said she would not give a running commentary on Brexit negotiations or set out Britain’s demands in advance. That was a mistake that her allies feel David Cameron made in his ill-fated EU renegotiations last winter.