Theresa May has set herself on collision course with Brexiteer MPs after plans were revealed for the key law keeping Britain in the EU to apply after exit day.
Sky News understands ministers will scrap the European Communities Act (ECA) but “save” its “effect” for the transition period.
This will be done to “ensure that EU law continues to apply in the UK” during the 19 months that would follow exit day, if Mrs May secures a deal with Brussels.
It is believed the government will have to amend its flagship Brexit legislation, the EU (Withdrawal) Act, which became law less than a month ago.
Clause one of the act reads: “The European Communities Act 1972 is repealed on exit day.”