On 10 October 2016, the Secretary of State for the Department for Exiting the EU, David Davis MP, gave an oral statement to Parliament. Key points in the statement include:
- the Government will bring forward in the next Parliamentary session a Great Repeal Bill (the Bill) that will mean that the European Communities Act will cease to apply on the day the UK leaves the EU;
- the Bill will convert existing EU law into domestic law, wherever practicable;
- the Bill is a separate issue as to when the UK issues its Article 50 notification. The Prime Minister is expected to invoke Article 50 no later than the end of March next year;
- the Government will not be giving a “running commentary” on its negotiations with the EU; and
- while no one part of the UK can veto the exit, the Government will consult with the devolved administrations.