BREXIT: The countdown begins…


So it’s happened. On the 29 March 2017 the government gave notice to the European Council of the UK’s intention to leave the EU, triggering Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union (TEU).

The next day, David Davis, the Secretary of State for exiting the EU, issued the government’s White Paper “Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union” to Parliament.

This sets out the legal preparations for Brexit and the proposed mechanics of the Great Repeal Bill (GRB). The key objectives of this are:

  1. Repealing the European Communities Act 1972
  2. Conversion of EU law where it already applies in the UK into domestic law, with the intention of having the same rules and laws in place immediately after leaving the EU
  3. Ensuring the government has the power to make additional legislation where necessary to ensure all current laws continue to operate effectively and to address any changes required by withdrawal agreements under article 50. You can read more here
  4. In short, for employment law, the intention is that the existing worker’s rights will be maintained.

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