John calls for balance over repeal bill

The former constitution minister, John Penrose, said there was a delicate balance to be struck between the flexibility required to cope with Brexit and the fundamental role of parliament in scrutinising the changes.

The Conservative MP said he hoped ministers would hear legitimate concerns from MPs about an overreach of powers. “The current draft of the repeal bill gives lots of power to ministers so we can deliver Brexit – which is essential – but it cuts parliament’s role right down,” he said.

“Ministers have already said they don’t want this bill to be a power grab, so I’m sure they will listen and bring forward their own changes as the bill goes through parliament.”

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