Blog: Brexit: Officials prepare future relationship bill to pass at breakneck speed – The Times

Civil servants have begun drawing up legislation for a Brexit deal that will need to pass through the Commons and Lords at “breakneck pace”.

The Cabinet Office has a team of officials working on the future relationship bill, which will enshrine any Brexit agreement in domestic law.

“There’s increasing expectation of a deal,” one Whitehall source said. “We need to be ready to get it through parliament.”

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Ministers discussed holding weekend sittings in the Lords to help get the deal passed by the end of the month. Talks were temporarily disrupted this week after a member of Michel Barnier’s team contracted coronavirus.

However, Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, played down any delays caused by Mr Barnier needing to quarantine.

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