Existing EU law to be retained via Brexit repeal bill

Existing EU environmental law will be retained as part of the Brexit process, UK prime minister Theresa May has confirmed, but could be repealed in the future by secondary legislation

Existing EU environmental law will be retained as part of the Brexit process, UK prime minister Theresa May has confirmed, but could be repealed in the future by secondary legislation.

In her address to the Conservative Party’s annual conference in Birmingham on 2 October, May said she would trigger article 50 by the end of March and outlined plans for a “Great Repeal Bill”.

The bill, to be introduced in next year’s Queen’s Speech, will remove the 1972 European Communities Act from the statute book from the date when the UK formally leaves the EU. And it will convert the acquis – the entire body of existing EU law – into domestic law.

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