“In those 40 days Parliament must pass 9 Parliamentary bills and amend 600 other bits of legislation…”

Moving on from panic in Dublin, it’s interesting how things are flurrying about in Westminster, which is not yet even in a position to invoke WTO Rules, reports Fleet Street Fox…

She writes:

To Brexit calmly and cleanly on March 29, in those 40 days Parliament must pass 9 Parliamentary bills and amend 600 other bits of legislation.

Now, that’s a squeeze at the best of times. When the legislation involves things which make the whole nation argue furiously without coming to any agreement, it’s going to be near-impossible.

Of the 14 new bills required for Brexit – on things like animal welfare, money laundering and haulage – just 5 have been passed since the referendum.

Of the 9 remaining, the one closest to being finished is the Trade Bill – and the House of Lords just voted to shelve it because it lacked detail.

According to the government, this defeat means we are now unable to move to World Trade Organisation rules in the event of a no deal Brexit.

The government has been asked for this extra detail for 15 months, and has failed to come up with any. The chances of it doing so by a new deadline of February 25 are roughly the same as Ant McPartlin getting a safe driving award.

Hmmm… safe driving eh? Enter good cop, Yvette Cooper…

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