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London - 10 October 2016
1. Brexit Secretary David Davis preparing to speak
2. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, Brexit Secretary:
"I want to update the House on how the government plans to reflect UK withdrawal from the European Union on the statute book, whilst delivering that certainty and stability. We'll start by bringing forward a Great Repeal bill that will mean the European Communities Act ceasing to apply on the day we leave the European Union. It was this act that put EU law above UK law. So it's right given the clear instruction for exit given to us by the people in the referendum that we end the authority of European Union law."
3. Cutaway wide of Davis
4. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, Brexit Secretary:
"And we will reject any attempt to undo the referendum result, any attempt to hold up the process unduly or any attempt to keep Britain in the EU by the back door by those who didn't like the answer they were given on June 23rd."
5. Cutaway wide
6. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, Brexit Secretary:
"This bill is a separate issue to when Article 50 is triggered. The Great Repeal Bill is not what will take us out of the EU, but what will ensure the UK statute book is fit for purpose after we have left and put the elected politicians in this country fully in control in determining laws that affect its peoples' lives, something that does not apply today. In order to leave the EU, we will follow the process set out in Article 50 of the European Union treaty. The prime minister will invoke Article 50 no later than the end of March next year. That gives us the space required to do the necessary work to shape our negotiating strategy."
7. Cutaway wide of Davis
8. SOUNDBITE (English) David Davis, Brexit Secretary:
"I believe that when we have left the European Union, that when we are once again in true control of our own affairs we'll be in an even stronger position to confront the challenges of the future. The government will build a global Britain that will trade around the world, build new alliances with other countries and deliver prosperity for its people."
UK Brexit Secretary David Davis on Monday told parliament that the government will bring forward a "Great Repeal Bill" to scrap the European Communities Act, which brought the UK into the then-European Economic Community in 1972.
He said the European Communities Act will cease to exist the day the UK leaves the European Union. The bill will transfer all relevant EU law onto the UK statute books.
Davis also reiterated plans for Prime Minister Theresa May to trigger Article 50 of the European Union treaty, which formally begins exit negotiations, no later than March next year, without the prior approval of parliament.