23rd Nov, 2017

Westminster Diary from Worcester MP Robin Walker

Worcester Editorial 8th Sep, 2017

IN WESTMINSTER, the focus of attention will be on the Repeal Bill which is the key piece of law needed to deliver the UK’s exit from the EU in a way that provides continuity, certainty and control.

The law removes the supremacy of European law over the UK by repealing the European Communities Act of 1972 on the day we leave the EU but it makes sure all the details of how things work stay the same by enabling the government to bring the whole body of existing law into UK law so it applies in the same way the day after we leave as it did the day before.

There will be much debate on this but it is crucial that it passes and I am confident that it will.

Passing this in the national interest and will enable the UK to get on with negotiations to formally exit the EU but also to establish a new partnership between the UK and the EU, supporting trade and investment between us.

Although I’ve always been clear that this process will have its challenges and there will be points of disagreement along the way, I am equally clear that a good deal for the UK is in sight.

Over the summer we’ve started to publish a range of papers on how this can be achieved and there will be more to come.

Meanwhile over the summer we have seen Worcester at its best with the Festival, great sporting and cultural events in the city, events ranging from the wonderful Worcester Beer Festival to the unique and special commemorations of the Battle of Worcester on Fort Royal Hill.

I am looking forward to working with local schools to respond to further information due this month from the Department of Education on the detail of how fairer funding will be delivered.

Later this week I’ll be meeting with our hospital trust to hear more about their plans to invest the £29 million of capital funding announced earlier this year and with Highways England to press them to change their approach to M5 traffic.

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