18 SEP 2017

Coastal Scene Column - 15th September 2017

"Parliament has taken another step in the journey of leaving the EU with the European Union Withdrawal Bill, after some very late night voting, has passed to the next stage to receive full scrutiny. The legislation is designed to transfer all EU law into UK law – ensuring a smooth transition with legal certainty for businesses, consumers and investors. Much EU law is already incorporated. These are the laws that stems from what is called an EU directive, which we tailor according to our legal system. Some of this may need to be tweaked as, for example, we will no longer have a European regulator for something but will have a UK or England only regulator and we need to change the name within our law. There is another type of EU law called regulations, which apply automatically in exactly the same way everywhere. This could be something from the standard for the size, shape and manner of how bananas are sold to the standard operating practices for the safe operation through traffic control of aeroplanes within our airspace to what chemicals are allowed or that are to be banned. All of these need to be brought into law before we leave in March 2019. The Withdrawal Bill delivers what the British people voted for – control over our own laws after we leave, outside the control of the European Court of Justice, with Parliament then resuming its sovereignty. Some constituents contacted me asking me to vote against the Bill and the timetable motion, further delaying the Brexit process. I believe eight days on the floor of the House is sufficient to consider this straightforward Bill which is absolutely crucial to provide the continuity Britain needs to function and make a success of Brexit.

An important consultation is taking place regarding the Suffolk Energy Gateway, the new road to by-pass the four villages along the A12. The proposed improvement between Wickham Market and Saxmundham is designed to open up the entire energy coast for further economic growth and housing development, as well as mitigate against traffic issues for Sizewell C. In his March Budget the Chancellor allocated £1m for the business case to be worked up and this consultation will help Suffolk County Council in its proposal to Government. It is therefore very important that local residents, business and community groups give their views. More information can be found at www.suffolk.gov.uk/consultations . I have asked the county council to add some information on estimated cost and environmental issues to be addressed. The consultation closes on the 25th October.

Finally, this weekend sees the return of the Great British Beach Clean with events taking place up and down the Suffolk Coast in Southwold, Aldeburgh, Felixstowe, Trimley Marsh and Bawdsey. We all have a role to play in keeping our beaches clean and litter free – not just joining in with events like this but in not dropping litter in the first place. For more information on the Great British Beach Clean and to help out this weekend go to - http://www.mcsuk.org/beachwatch/greatbritishbeachclean"

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