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Here goes: why the Withdrawal Bill is a botched Bill, and why MPs should vote against it on second reading.

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But first: the Bill is not about supporting or stopping Brexit - contrary to the statements of Field, Flint, etc.

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Like winter, Brexit is coming. The Article 50 notification has been made. UK is out on 29 March 2019 (or possibly a later agreed date).

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Nothing in this Bill affects the Article 50 notification. The will of the people has been expressed.

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Statements like Field's thereby make no sense. That decision has been made.

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The Bill is about how the UK government gets to that outcome. Means not end. Journey not destination.

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The Bill proposes three powers, the widest in modern constitutional history, to allow the government to legislate directly.

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In effect, minister will be able to make, amend, and repeal law, by fiat. To be mini-legislatures.

9. Let's look at the Bill.

Click here: publications.parliament.uk/pa/bills/cbill…

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Clause 7(4): "Regulations under this section may make any provision that could be made by an Act of Parliament"

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Clause 8(2): "Regulations under this section may make any provision that could be made by an Act of Parliament"

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And Clause 9(2) is a beauty in how it goes even further than the last two quoted clauses.

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"Regulations under this section may make any provision that could be made by an Act of Parliament (including modifying this Act)."

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Let that sink in: "including modifying this Act".

Think about the implication of that.

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And what is "any provision that could be made by an Act of Parliament"?

Like power of Green Lantern's ring, anything you can imagine.

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"any provision that could be made by an Act of Parliament" can mean: repealing and amending Acts, abolishing laws, rights, entitlements

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These three powers are considerable legal super-weapons.

Ministers become their own parliaments, law making and changing as they wish.

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Yes the Bill offers some protections, and limitations, and time limits. But weak stuff against the legal super-powers created.

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Article 50 has gone. Voting on today's Bill cannot stop that. Field and others explanations don't add up.

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Today's Bill is about handing almost the entire legislative power of Westminster over to Whitehall, under the guise of Brexit.

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The government does not need this near-absolute power of law-making for Brexit. It does not need to usurp parliament.

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And that is why MPs should vote so to tell government to think again on this anti-parliamentary Bill, while there is still time.

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