Dáil set to start process on Omnibus Brexit Bill

The Dáil will sit late for the next three days in order to start the process of passing legislation in order to deal with the possibility of a no-deal Brexit.

The Government published their initial Omnibus Brexit Bill on Friday, and hours have been set aside to discuss it this week.

TD for Dublin Nort-West Noel Rock spoke in the lead up to Theresa May’s anticipated statement in the House of Commons earlier today.

“This is one of those things that has to happen. We have to be prepared in the event of a no-deal Brexit. Ideally that would not happen, that’s not a good thing for us, for the UK,” he said.

Rock went on to say occasionally the Government have to sit late in order to pass urgent or important legislation and that this issue is both urgent and important.

Rock continued to state that the Government would sit late tonight, Wednesday and Thursday, with Friday also being a day to sit late should it be needed.

“We need to make sure we’re in as good a position as possible to be best prepared for a no deal Brexit.” Rock said.

The Bill needs to be signed in by the 29 th March, the date the article process ends, unless that process is delayed. However, that possibility is not necessarily a given.

“She can’t unilaterally announce that she’s delaying Brexit, it’s still subject to the remaining EU Member States agreeing it so that isn’t necessarily a given. It’s likely that will be the case but you can’t assume anything in this regard,” The Fine Gael TD commented.

Rock commented on the possibility of the date the article process ends being extended, saying, “I imagine the EU would want to see in exchange for an extension in article 50 a reason why it’s being extended cause there’s no point in simply adding two months to it and then having the exact same
process, or the exact same chaos in two month’s time.

“It’s pointless if there’s still no prospect of getting it through Westminster. At the end of the day the British Government has agreed a deal.

“The problem is that the British Parliament can’t get it past their own Parliament, that’s where the hold-up is. It remains to be seen exactly how that impasse will be resolved.”

DCU Brexit Institute were contacted but refused to give a comment.

Ian Brennan

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