Editor's message: In response to the Brexit vote, Prime Minister Theresa May triggered art.50 of the Treaty on European Union on 29 March 2017, giving notice of the UK's intention to withdraw from the EU. Negotiations between the Government and the EU, on the terms of the UK's withdrawal, began in June 2017. Agreement has been reached in some areas but negotiations are ongoing, with the aim of concluding an agreement before the exit date of 29 March 2019.
The exit date is set by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018, which received Royal Assent on 26 June 2018. The Act provides for the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972, which brought the UK into the EU and gives EU law supremacy over UK law. EU law will be converted into UK law when the UK leaves the EU. This means that current workers' rights under EU law, such as working time rights, will remain in effect after Brexit, but will become subject to Parliament's control over domestic law.
The European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 also confirms that, from exit day, UK courts will no longer be bound by new decisions of the European Court of Justice, although decisions made before exit day will continue to be binding on UK courts. The final court of appeal will be the UK Supreme Court. The jurisdiction of the European Court of Human Rights is, however, unaffected by Brexit.
One of the issues of particular interest to many organisations is the impact of Brexit on their European workforce in the UK. The UK Government and the EU negotiators have reached an agreement on citizens' rights, under which EU citizens who arrive in the UK by 31 December 2020, the end of the transition period, will be entitled to apply for "settled status" when they have five years' continuous residence in the UK. This will give them the right to stay indefinitely.
Susie Munro, senior employment law editor
Completely free movement of people will end as the UK leaves the EU, a government white paper has confirmed today.
EU citizens would not have any "automatic right" to work in the UK after the Brexit transition period, Sajid Javid has said.
NHS hospitals in England have been asked to reach out to staff from other EU countries about continuing to work for the service after Brexit.
This article lists all significant items of employment-related draft EU legislation that are currently in the legislative pipeline, or due to be proposed in the near future. It also shows proposals that have been adopted in the past six months.
Vehicle industry body the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders has joined the call for greater clarity over the UK's future trading relationship with the EU, as investment stalls and job cuts are announced.
The CBI has warned that Airbus and BMW could be the first of many businesses to threaten to relocate if the government does not provide clarity over Brexit, potentially putting thousands of jobs at risk.
The Home Office has revealed how EU nationals can apply for 'settled status', allowing them to continue to live and work in the UK after Brexit.
The soft fruit industry could be "crushed" by Brexit if it loses access to the thousands of seasonal workers it relies upon from EU countries, a trade body has claimed.
Updated to reflect that the Government has published details of the proposed settlement scheme for EU nationals.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to Brexit.