Brexit/Legislation

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BREXIT LEGISLATION

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House of Lords reports

The House of Lords has published a series of Brexit-related reports including:

In October 2016, the UK Government proposed a "Great Repeal Bill", to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and re-incorporate into UK law all the enactments that were previously in force under EU law. This bill was to be introduced in May 2017 and enacted before or during the Article 50 negotiations but is likely to be delayed until after the snap June 2017 General Election. It would smooth the transition by ensuring that all laws remain in force until specifically repealed.[1] Such a bill could raise constitutional issues regarding the devolution settlements with the smaller UK nations, particularly Scotland.[2]

Additional government bills[edit | edit source]

A March 2017 report by the Institute for Government suggested that additional primary and secondary legislation will be needed to cover the gaps in policy areas such as customs, immigration and agriculture.[3] The report also commented that the role of the devolved legislatures was unclear, and could cause problems, and as many as fifteen additional bills may be required, which would involve strict prioritisation and limiting Parliamentary time for in-depth examination of new legislation.[4]

Notes[edit | edit source]

  1. Mason, R. (2 October 2016). "Theresa May's 'great repeal bill': what's going to happen and when?". The Guardian.
  2. "UK and Scotland on course for great 'constitutional bust-up'". BBC. 3 October 2016.
  3. White, H. and Rutter, J. (2017-03-20). "Legislating Brexit: The Great Repeal Bill and the wider legislative challenge" (PDF). Institute for Government. p. 9.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. "Brexit could place 'huge burden' on Parliament". BBC. 2017-03-20.