A “great repeal bill” will put the U.K. back in control of its laws and maximise certainty as it seeks a “smooth and orderly” exit from the European Union, the government said in a white paper, but experts have warned that up to 15 new bills could be needed.
The government needs to repeal the European Communities Act 1972 on the day of departure, stated the white paper published on March 30 by the Department for Exiting the European Union. The government’s approach is to convert the body of existing EU law into domestic U.K. law, after which “Parliament — and where appropriate the devolved legislatures [of Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland] — will be able to decide which elements of that law to keep, amend, or repeal” once the U.K. has left, the paper said.
The great repeal bill will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and convert existing EU law into domestic law. It will create time-limited powers for secondary legislation making technical corrections to ensure that domesticated EU laws operate correctly. The government estimates that those corrections will require between 800 and 1,000 statutory instruments …