European Union (Withdrawal) Bill introduced

Implementation date: To be confirmed

In preparation for the UK leaving the EU, the Government has introduced the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (known as the Repeal Bill). It:

  • repeals the European Communities Act 1972, which is the key piece of legislation that gives direct effect to EU law in the UK;
  • transposes EU law applying to the UK at the moment of exit into domestic law, with the exception of the Charter of Fundamental Rights;
  • creates powers to make secondary legislation, including temporary powers to enable corrections to be made to laws that would otherwise no longer operate appropriately once the UK has left the EU, and to implement the withdrawal agreement; and
  • preserves the current scope of devolved decision-making powers in areas currently governed by EU law.