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Brexit and UK law

Brexit and human rights

The European Union (Withdrawal) Act repeals the European Communities Act 1972 (ECA) on the day the United Kingdom leaves the European Union.

The Act converts EU law as it stands, at the moment of exit, into UK domestic law. The House of Commons Library has estimated that 13.2% of our law enacted between 1993 and 2004 is EU related.

The  Act also creates temporary powers to allow corrections to be made to laws that would otherwise no longer operate correctly once the UK has left the EU.

Most EU law, which affects the UK, will probably remain though, over time, some law will be amended and some will be repealed/abolished.

See also the White Paper on Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement between the United Kingdom and the European Union

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