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a White Paper has been published on how the Government will legislate the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement

27 July 2018

The Government has this week published a further White Paper explaining how it envisages that the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement will be put into law.

The Withdrawal Agreement will give legal standing to the UK’s separation from the EU however it will require UK legislation to implement it into domestic law. It is intended that the EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill ('the Bill') will be the primary means of implementing the Withdrawal Agreement into domestic law and, whilst the content of the Bill will ultimately depend on the final terms of the Withdrawal Agreement, the White Paper sets out some early expectations for this legislation.

It confirms the major elements which the Bill will legislate for, including issues concerning citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and details of a time-limited implementation period. In particular, it confirms the Bill will:

  • be the primary means by which the rights of EU citizens will be implemented and protected in UK law
  • amend some parts of the EU (Withdrawal) Act to ensure that the UK statue book functions correctly during the time-limited implementation period
  • create a financial authority to manage the specific payments to be made under the financial settlement.

The UK and EU negotiators are expected to work through the outstanding parts of the Withdrawal Agreement and so it is likely that more information in respect of how other issues will be legislated for will be published soon. We will update you once we are made aware of this.

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