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The Great Repeal Bill explained

David Golten considers the passage of the government’s repeal bill and what it means for UK law

13 April 2017

At the 2016 Conservative party conference, the prime minister announced that the government would introduce a ‘Great Repeal Bill’ to give effect to the result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the European Union. A white paper for the bill was published on 30 March 2017.

What will it do?

The bill will do three things: First, it will repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which is the legislation which took us into the European Economic Community and adopted all EU law as national law in the UK. This will no longer be the case after Brexit.

Second, it will make all EU laws UK domestic law. This means that laws and regulations made over the past 40 years while the UK was a member of the EU will continue to apply after Brexit to avoid a legal ‘b...

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