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Tweet from local MP and Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay shows him signing to repeal European Communities Act




Local MP and Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay has rubber-stamped the move to repeal the European Communities Act of 1972.

That's the act which automatically transfers laws made in the European Parliament in Brussels into UK statute, and his signature means EU law will stop applying in Britain after October 31.

Mr Barclay tweeted yesterday morning (Sunday) an image of the moment he signed the document, putting the regulation into law.

Steve Barclay tweeted this image of him signing a document to repeal the European Communities Act of 1972. (15415625)
Steve Barclay tweeted this image of him signing a document to repeal the European Communities Act of 1972. (15415625)

He said the move was sending a "clear signal to the people of this country that there is not turning back".

However, a legal expert downplayed the significance of the moment, saying if Brexit is delayed again then European law will continue to apply until the UK leaves the EU.

The rescinding of the act had already been passed in the British parliament as part of legislation paving the way for Brexit in June last year.

In yesterday's tweet Mr Barclay said: "I have signed the legislation setting in stone the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972. This is a landmark moment in taking back control of our law. It underlines that we are leaving the EU on October 31.

Adding when he shared it to his Facebook page: " It reflects the vote of the majority of constituents in North East Cambridgeshire in the referendum, as well as those across the United Kingdom."

The tweet caused a massive response from both sides of the EU debate, with remainers accusing Mr Barclay of being a "propagandist" while leavers suggested "he will never need to by a pint again".

Among those tweeting, unsurprisingly in support, was Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who re-tweeted the picture and said: "We are leaving the EU on October 31st. The signing of this document means we will take back control of our laws on Brexit day."



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