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Repealing EU law: The great puzzle

The “Great Repeal Bill” offers some technical answers, but little certainty about the future, writes Pavlos Eleftheriadis

14 August 2017

The long-awaited “Great Repeal Bill”, now called the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill, was published on 13 July and aims to secure a smooth transition after withdrawal. As a general impression, and given its near impossible aim, one cannot help but admire the Bill’s technical detail, subtlety, and originality. But no amount of technical ability can guarantee its eventual success.

The Bill’s main feature is the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972. By losing its constitutional basis, EU law as we know it will be no more. The government could have chosen to secure vested rights by retaining the 1972 Act. Instead, selected fragments of EU law will survive domestically, known as “retained EU law”. The transition is organised around “exit day”, the date on which the new arrangements will take effect. This will not necessarily be 29 March 2019, i.e. the day when th...

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