Brexit risks sidelining grammar schools, says Nicky Morgan

Inews reports that Theresa May’s flagship grammar schools policy risks being sidelined due to the scale of legislation required to prepare Britain for life outside the European Union.

A former Cabinet minister has warned. Nicky Morgan, who served as Education Secretary until last year, has said the amount of new laws needed for life after Brexit will leave little or no time for a grammar school bill.

“There are going to be up to 15 Brexit bills to deal with the process of the UK leaving the EU,” Ms Morgan told i. “If that is the case there won’t be the legislative time for a grammar schools bill, certainly in the next 18 months.”

The Conservative MP for Loughborough has stepped up her opposition to the grammar school proposals, and last week forged a cross-party alliance with former Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg and Labour backbencher Lucy Powell.

In a Commons debate on Thursday, Ms Morgan criticised the plans, stating: “We don’t now live in a world where we only need the top 20 per cent to be highly skilled.”

Despite mounting opposition to the plans, the Prime Minister has vowed to create the first new grammar school in 50 years as she attempts to carve out a legacy other than Brexit.

​But the vast amount of legislative work that will need to go on as part of Brexit makes the chances of her fulfilling this pledge in this Parliament more remote.

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