The Great Repeal Bill: what is going to change in UK law after Brexit

March 30, 2017

The Great Repeal Bill White Paper sets out the government’s proposals for ensuring a functioning statute book once the UK has left the European Union.


It provides the detail about:

  • the repeal of the European Communities Act 1972

  • how EU law will be converted into UK law

  • how corrections will be made to the statute book, to ensure the law continues to function once we have left the EU.


One of the main principles that it contains is that before the exit of the EU, “national laws must give way and be disapplied by domestic courts if they are found to be inconsistent with EU law” and ”where a conflict arises between EU-derived law and new primary legislation passed by Parliament after our exit from the EU, then newer legislation will take precedence over the EU-derived law we have preserved”.



In other words, after the exit from EU, EU-derived Law is going to remain as it is unless a new UK Law changes it.

To view the Great Repeal Bill White Paper, please click on the following link:




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