Government warned of 'huge burden' of Brexit laws

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20th March 2017

The Government faces having to pass as many as 15 Brexit-related laws over the next few years, leaving "very little space" for other legislation, a report warns today.

Ministers will have to "ruthlessly prioritise" what they want to get through the House of Commons
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The Institute for Government said the average Queen's Speech has just 20 new bills, meaning ministers will have to "ruthlessly prioritise" what they want to get through the House of Commons.

Along with the proposed Great Repeal Bill, the Government faces a "huge burden" of legislation on areas such as the UK's post-Brexit immigration and customs systems.

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The IfG also warns that the SNP could obstruct the Conservatives from passing measures if they are able to team up with Labour and rebellious Tory backbenchers. 

"The legislation required for Brexit will leave little parliamentary time for anything else - and making a success of it will require a large volume of bills and secondary legislation to be passed by Parliament against a hard deadline," said the thinktank's head of research, Dr Hannah White.

"It will be a challenge for both the government and Parliament to do all this while still ensuring full scrutiny and leaving room for the government's domestic policy agenda."

Meanwhile Theresa May will visit Wales today as part of a tour of the four countries that make up the UK.

She and Brexit Secretary David Davis will meet First Minister Carwyn Jones and business representative to discuss the Government's plans for leaving the EU.