Today the UK Government released the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill (the Repeal Bill), along with an official press release.

Explanatory notes, general information about the bill, delegatory powers' memorandum, and a guidance note for businesses and organisations were also made available.

We made submissions to the UK Government in response to their White Paper on the Repeal Bill on 29 June 2017.

The principal purpose of the Repeal Bill is to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, which gives effect and priority to EU law in the UK – thereby formally reasserting the sovereignty and independence of domestic law from the EU. This bill will also give temporary power to Government ministers to change laws that will not operate functionally after Brexit.

Herbert Smith Freehills will release a discussion paper on the Repeal Bill in due course.


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