Some of the powers it proposes to give to ministers are not democratically acceptable. But peers should correct these flaws, not seek to block Brexit itself.
The Bill is not a vehicle for pursuing policy changes, nor is it about the shape or type of Brexit we deliver. It is about delivering smooth legal continuity.
China is disregarding its pledge of ‘one country, two systems’ – as a result the rule of law in the territory is under threat from growing autocracy.
Gauke should have fought and lost rather than not have fought at all. But the wider concern is that the “system” is on the side of the criminal rather than the victim.
Giving terminally ill, mentally competent adults more choice and control at the end of their lives is a Conservative goal. We should support it.
A less bureaucratic approach will ease hardship and bring more money in. But the Government also needs to ensure equal rules apply for all that are owed money.
From the original raid through to the attempt by former officers to bring down a Government minister on moralising grounds, this is an unedifying picture.
After leaving the EU, we must ensure we are well-positioned in terms of regulation, taxation, immigration and – crucially – foreign languages.
Requiring divorcing couples to assign blame often increases the acrimony, and the harm, of the process.
“The language should be that of giving people their chance to succeed and of being on their side – a “people politics” that many practice locally but which must be scaled up.”
By raising the possibility that EU law could retain its power after March 2019, the Prime Minister risks inflaming the concerns of Leavers.
EURATOM, WTO quotas, open skies agreements, banks’ ability to lend – all these involve change which it may not be possible to effect by April 2019.
You might think, for instance, that adultery is always wrong, too, but feel that it should not be the state’s business to police it.
The Government could allay fears and bring consensus by appointing an external advisory committee to scrutinise how the powers are used.
After we leave the EU, there will still be cross-border disputes that individuals and businesses need to settle.