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The Brussels-based executive announced that any of the EU’s primary or secondary laws will cease to apply to Britain after October 31 in the event of a no-deal Brexit. This prevents the controversial transition period, which locked Britain to the bloc’s rules, will be unable to be implemented, from being deployed by either side in the future. The news comes after Brexit Secretary Stephen Barclay signed an order that will return lawmaking powers from Brussels by repealing the European Communities Act of 1972 when Britain leaves the European Union.
In a boost to Brexiteers, Brussels also insisted that a no-deal Brexit would have a similar impact to its decision-making powers over Britain.
A Commission spokeswoman said: “From our side, in a no-deal scenario what that means is all primary and secondary EU law will cease to apply from that moment onwards and there would be no transition period as provided for in the withdrawal agreement.”
This will scupper any Remainer dreams of reversing Brexit after October 31, as the UK will be forced to start negotiations under the bloc’s Article 49 clause.
Under the EU’s rules, Britain would have to open fresh negotiations to rejoin the bloc – with member states likely blocking any of the current budgetary rebate or opt-outs.
Mr Barclay said it was a “landmark moment” in the Brexit process as he signed the order to take back control from Brussels.
He said: “This is a clear signal to the people of this country that there is no turning back – we are leaving the EU as promised on October 31, whatever the circumstances – delivering on the instructions given to us in 2016.
“The votes of 17.4 million people deciding to leave the EU is the greatest democratic mandate ever given to any UK Government.
“Politicians cannot choose which public votes they wish to respect. Parliament has already voted to leave on 31 October. The signing of this legislation ensures that the EU Withdrawal Act will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 on exit day.
“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.
“That is what we are doing by setting in motion that repeal. This is a landmark moment in taking back control of our laws from Brussels.”
Theresa May failed to enact the order after MPs voted for the European Union (Withdrawal) Act, which repeals the 1972 EU legislation, last September.
But her ministers never signed a commencement to put the order into force.
The Commission today refused to comment on leaked Whitehall document, which predicts food, fuel and medicine shortages after a no-deal Brexit.
“We are not going to comment on the UK’s level of preparedness for a no-deal scenario because this would be a matter for the United Kingdom Government to answer,” the Commission spokeswoman said.
“It will obviously cause significant disruption, both for citizens and for business and it will have a negative economic impact, which we have specified in various Brexitpreparedness communications on our side.”
Brussels believes any negative consequences of a no-deal Brexit would be “proportionally much greater in the United Kingdom than they would be in the EU27 member states”.
Boris Johnson blamed Remainer ex-ministers for the leaked warnings of a no-deal meltdown in the UK.
Cabinet minister Michael Gove, who is responsible for no-deal planning, said: “We don’t normally comment on leaks – but a few facts – Yellowhammer is a worst case scenario, very significant steps have been taken in the last three weeks to accelerate Brexit planning.”
A Number 10 source said: “This document is from when ministers were blocking what needed to be done to get ready to leave and the funds were not available.
“It has been deliberately leaked by a former minister in an attempt to influence discussions with EU leaders.
“Those obstructing preparation are no longer in Government, £2 billion of extra funding already made available and Whitehall has been stood up to actually do the work through the daily ministerial meetings. The entire posture of Government has changed.”
Mr Johnson is set to hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Macron in the coming days.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will not attend the G7 summit this weekend after he had emergency surgery to remove his gallbladder.
The Commission confirmed he would instead hold talks over the telephone from his hospital bed with Mr Macron and Donald Tusk, the European Council president.
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The Brussels-based executive announced all of the EU’s primary or secondary laws will cease to apply to Britain after October 31 in the event of a no deal Brexit. This prevents the controversial transition period, which locked Britain to the bloc’s rules, will be unable to be implemented, from being deployed by either side in the future.
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