“Good things come to those who wait”: Brexit minister holds out over legislation plans

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Brexit minister Lord Bridges has sidestepped questions over the government's plans for Brexit legislation, while also committing to the publication of a new white paper.

Downing Street today revealed that Prime Minister Theresa May would trigger Article 50 next week.

However, Bridges demurred when asked to day about the government's plans for further legislation, including options to scrutinise the so-called Great Repeal Bill which will convert existing EU legislation into British law ahead of time.

“I'm not going to go into that much detail now. Good things will come to those who wait,” Bridges told Labour's Brexit spokeswoman Baroness Hayter.

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“A lot of thought has been going into, as you would expect not us the amount of legislation that will be required but also the need to make sure that we get those statutes onto the statute book in time whilst balancing the eed for effective and proper scrutiny,” he said, adding the government would bring forward a white paper “in due course”.

The minister also reiterated that May will make a statement to parliament next week on triggering talks.

“We are looking at the proposals to ensure that, as we have said, parliament gets the same information that the European parliament gets,” Bridges said

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