David Davis has warned MPs a vote against the Brexit repeal bill would be tantamount to choosing a chaotic exit from the EU.
The European Union withdrawal bill, which will map out the process of incorporating a huge tranche of EU laws onto the British statute book, is to face its first key vote in the House of Commons this week.
The Brexit Secretary insisted the people of Britain did not choose “confusion” in the 2016 referendum and Parliament needs to respect this.
He called for all MPs across the house to “come together to support this crucial legislation” in order to ensure the UK is ready for “day one of exit.”
Davis’ warning comes after Labour said it will vote against the bill, claiming the “Henry VIII" powers contained within it – which would allow ministers to interpret EU laws as they see fit, without requiring parliamentary examination – amounted to a “power-grab” by the Tory Government.
The Liberal Democrats, whose MPs are also set to vote against the bill, urged Jeremy Corbyn to sack any frontbenchers who defy the whip and his orders.
Several Tory MPs are reported to be disquieted by the powers aspect of the bill, but are expected to back it once it passes the second reading, with the possibility of amending it at a later date.