07 September 2017
East Antrim MP Sammy Wilson has said the opposition to the great repeal bill which begins its passage through the House of Commons today is yet another attempt by those who refuse to accept the EU referendum result to thwart the will of the people of the UK.
DUP Parliamentary Spokesman on Education, Treasury and the Department of Work & Pensions.
He said, “This legislation is necessary to ensure there is continuity in regulation as we leave the EU. It is ironic that those who are now seeking to undermine the government are also the most vociferous about not having uncertainty and not creating a cliff edge which leaves businesses operating in a vacuum.
It would be impossible to debate each of these regulations one by one on the floor of the House of Commons without gumming up the system. Therefore ministers have sought powers to put through the regulations without bringing them to Parliament. The power is limited to technical amendments, it is time limited and will involve no change in policy.
It should be remembered that when the substance of these laws was drafted and passed by unelected bureaucrats in Brussels there was no debate by Parliament and those who complain bitterly now about Parliamentary scrutiny did not raise any objection then. The real reason for their newfound concern is a desire to conduct a guerrilla war against the UK’s exit from the EU.
The issue raised by the EU about reciprocal education and health arrangements between NI and the RoI is not a Brexit matter. We already share services, such as Irish patients travelling to Londonderry for cancer treatment which is paid for by the Republic of Ireland. These are sensible sharing of services which do not require interference from the EU however it tries to poke its nose in.”