European Union (Withdrawal) Bill 2017-2019 (UK)

The Second Reading of this first Brexit Bill has begun in the House of Commons (as I write this, the Sec of State DExEU is on his feet introducing the Second Reading). The Bill is here.

I posted before when this was introduced at First Reading. In the intervening time, the House of Commons Library has published a useful detailed account of the Bill. This useful account is here.  UPDATE : this briefing document is not found 

Substantive changes can be expected to the current UK statute database, as a result of the implementation of this Bill. As we go forward, my intention is to corral the Brexit law in a separate place on everyone’s Registers System. Please make sure you follow this Blog, as I post how the Brexit law will affect the current UK statute database as made available in your Registers. 

This is an exhaustive and immense process, and there may be delays. Please keep following this Blog for updates.

Email Alerts will be issued when changes occur to the current law in your Registers. This Blog will advise on the Brexit law that I will make available in the separate linked place I spoke about (this will be at the top right on OHS, and ENV Registers index pages). Those who have Law Checklists : the Brexit law link will appear just below the links to the Law Checklists.

Please address any questions by email to me. 

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (UK)

Today the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill was given its First Reading in the House of Commons. The purpose of this Bill (when enacted) is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 (ECA) on the day the UK leaves the European Union (scheduled to be 29th March 2019). 

The principal purpose of the Bill is to provide a functioning statute book on the day the UK leaves the EU. As a general rule, the same rules and laws will apply on the day after exit as on the day before. It will then be for Parliament and, where appropriate, the devolved legislatures to make any future changes.

The Bill performs four main functions. It:

(1) repeals the ECA;

(2) converts EU law as it stands at the moment of exit into domestic law before the UK leaves the EU;

(3) creates powers to make secondary legislation, including temporary powers to enable corrections to be made to the laws that would otherwise no longer operate appropriately once the UK has left the EU and to implement a withdrawal agreement; and 

(4) maintains the current scope of devolved decision making powers in areas currently governed by EU law.

Subscribers to Cardinal Environment Limited Tailored EHS Legislation Registers and Law Checklists for the UK, and the regional variants, England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Britain, and England &a Wales, will be substantively affected by the law changes created by this Bill and other Brexit UK laws. 

To assist the transition, we will add an additional direct linking webpage to both the Health and Safety, and the Environmental Registers access. This page will give direct access to the Brexit laws, and their explanatory notes. Please keep following this bLog for updates.

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is found here. The Explanatory Notes are here