The Guardian view on EU withdrawal bill: a cynical power-grab | Editorial

MPs must thwart government plans to rewrite law behind parliament’s backThere was a time, before the UK voted to leave the European Union, before a referendum posing that question was even planned, when Tory Eurosceptics fixated on parliamentary sovereignty.

They argued that the 1972 Communities Act subordinated UK statute to European law in ways that violated national autonomy. From that initial grievance flowed the long lament about “Brussels” as a hostile power, imposing alien ideas and burdensome bureaucracy on a captive people. That grudge evolved into a culture war against liberal internationalism, made pungent with acute anxiety about immigration. On those terms, far more than the original arguments about sovereignty, was a majority vote for Brexit secured.

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