Brexit: European Union (Withdrawal) Bill presented to Parliament

The Government presented the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill to Parliament on 13 July for its first reading.

The Bill seeks to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 on the day when the UK leaves the European Union (EU).  It also includes provisions for:

  • EU legislation to continue to have effect in domestic law, on and after the day when the UK leaves the EU;
  • a court or tribunal to no longer be bound by any decisions or principles made by the European Court, on or after the UK leaves the EU.  Similarly, a court or tribunal will not be able to refer a matter to the European Court once the UK has left the EU.

Parliament will consider the Bill at a second reading, the date for which has not yet been announced.