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UK fight looms over gov't plan for 'great repeal' of EU laws

Associated Press logo Associated Press 29/03/2017
David Davis, Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, leaves after a cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street, London, Wednesday March 29, 2017. Britain will begin divorce proceedings from the European Union later on March 29, starting the clock on two years of intense political and economic negotiations that will fundamentally change both the nation and its European neighbors. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant) © The Associated Press David Davis, Britain's Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, leaves after a cabinet meeting in 10 Downing Street, London, Wednesday March 29, 2017. Britain will begin divorce proceedings from the European Union later on March 29, starting the clock on two years of intense political and economic negotiations that will fundamentally change both the nation and its European neighbors. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

LONDON — A day after triggering its European Union exit process, the British government plans to outline how it intends to convert thousands of EU rules into British law when it leaves the bloc.

The government is publishing details Thursday of a Great Repeal Bill that would put existing EU laws into British statute so that "the same rules will apply after exit day" as before.

Opposition lawmakers are unhappy at proposals to give government ministers power to change some laws without votes in Parliament.

They call that a government power grab. But the government says the authority would only be used to make "mechanical changes" so laws can be applied smoothly.

It says Parliament will be able to scrutinize all "substantive policy changes," including new customs and immigration laws.

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