New Bill to implement EU Withdrawal Agreement

Released 13 November 2017

The Government has announced a new Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill to enshrine the withdrawal agreement between the UK and the EU in domestic law.

This confirms that the major policies set out in the Withdrawal Agreement will be directly implemented into domestic law by primary legislation – not by secondary legislation under the EU (Withdrawal) Bill, allowing for Parliamentary scrutiny and oversight of the process. The exact details of the Withdrawal Agreement are the subject of ongoing and future negotiations and cannot be known until those negotiations are near completion. Therefore a Bill separate to the EU (Withdrawal) Bill is required to legislate for the UK’s withdrawal arrangements and planned Implementation Period. The announcement of the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill came ahead of the EU (Withdrawal) Bill entering Committee Stage in the House of Commons on 14 November 2017 for two weeks of debate by Members of Parliament.

View the press release New Bill to implement Withdrawal Agreement.

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