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Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023: a Potted History

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 May 2024

Abstract

In this article Anne O'Connor and Joanna Morris of Thomson Reuters set the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023 (REUL Act 2023) within its broader historical context, summarise provisions likely to be of interest to the legal information community, and explain how and why the REUL Act 2023 has given rise to legal uncertainty.

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Copyright © The Author(s), 2024. Published by British and Irish Association of Law Librarians

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1 Department for Exiting the European Union, The United Kingdom's exit from, and new partnership with, the European Union (White Paper, Cm 9417) ch 1. Available at <www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-united-kingdoms-exit-from-and-new-partnership-with-the-european-union-white-paper>

2 Explanatory Notes to the EUWA 2018, para 10. Available at: <www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2018/16/pdfs/ukpgaen_20180016_en.pdf>

3 Department for Exiting the European Union, Legislating for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union (White Paper, Cm 9446), page 5. See also paras 1.16, 1.21 and 1.22. Available at: <www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-repeal-bill-white-paper>

4 Department for Business and Trade, Retained EU law dashboard. Available at: <www.gov.uk/government/publications/retained-eu-law-dashboard

5 Government response (REU0029) to House of Commons European Scrutiny Committee, Retained EU Law: where next? (HC 2022-23, 122). Available at <https://committees.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/113000/pdf/>

6 Department for Exiting the European Union, Legislating for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union (White Paper, Cm 9446), para 2.20

7 ibid, para 2.14

8 Prime Minister's Office, 10 Downing Street, Prime Minister pledges Brexit Freedoms Bill to cut EU red tape (Press release, 31 January 2022). Available at <www.gov.uk/government/news/prime-minister-pledges-brexit-freedoms-bill-to-cut-eu-red-tape>

9 Cabinet Office, The benefits of Brexit: how the UK is taking advantage of leaving the EU (Policy paper, 31 January 2022), pages 32–33. Available at <www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-benefits-of-brexit>

11 REUL Act 2023, s. 1

12 REUL Act 2023, s. 2

13 REUL Act 2023, s. 9

14 REUL Act 2023, ss. 11-14

15 REUL Act 2023, s. 12(2)

16 E-Accounting Solutions Ltd (t/a Advancetrack) v Global Infosys Ltd (t/a GI Outsourcing) [2023] EWHC 2038 (Ch); Kammins Ballrooms Co Ltd v Zenith Investments (Torquay) Ltd [1971] AC 850.

17 Department for Exiting the European Union, Legislating for the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union (White Paper, Cm 9446), para 2.20. Available at <www.gov.uk/government/publications/the-repeal-bill-white-paper>

18 REUL Act 2023, s. 4

19 REUL Act 2023, s. 4(3)(a)

20 REUL Act 2023, s. 5(2)

21 Explanatory Notes to the REUL Act 2023, paras 28-29. Available at <www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2023/28/pdfs/ukpgaen_20230028_en.pdf>

22 Policy note to the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Act 2023 (Consequential Amendments) (Scotland) Regulations 2023, SSI 2023/374. Available at <www.legislation.gov.uk/ssi/2023/374/pdfs/ssipn_20230374_en_001.pdf>