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Why is the Retained EU Law Bill so Important?


The Government has scheduled that on Wednesday (18th January) the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill will undergo the remaining stages of Commons scrutiny before moving to the House of Lords.




But what is the Bill and why is it so important?


The Bill will automatically ‘sunset’ much of UK law retained from its EU membership by 31st December 2023. Ministers will have the power to delay the revocation for specific pieces of retained EU law (REUL) or, they have significant powers to amend any retained EU law which they decide to keep on the Statute book.


Retained EU law is made up of certain pieces of EU legislation that was ‘cut and pasted’ onto the UK state book or, certain domestic laws that implemented EU law and were preserved as REUL on the UK statute book. Overall, there are over 2,400 pieces of legislation that are covered by the Bill which cover all areas of life including employment law (such as equal pay for women, a 48-hour limit on weekly working hours and parental rights).

The government continues to review the 2,400 pieces of legislation to decide whether they will be amended, replaced, repealed or lost come to the end of 2023.


If you would like to check the progress of a specific REUL (or would like to check on the process as a whole), you can use the interactive dashboard which is linked below:



If you would like to find out more about the Retained EU Law Bill, then please click here to read the article from the North East Chamber of Commerce which was published in the 2nd edition of Horizon North East.

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