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Lewis Silkin provides evidence on Brexit Freedoms Bill

09 November 2022

We have provided written evidence to the parliamentary committee that is scrutinising the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill.

After Brexit, the UK’s transition out of the EU was eased by the retention of a “snap shot” of applicable EU in force in the UK on 31 December 2020, known as retained EU law. The new Retained EU law (Revocation and Reform) Bill aims to dramatically speed up the process of removing and replacing these retained EU laws. The Bill includes a sunset provision under which much employment law will disappear unless deliberately saved or replaced. We’ve written about the impact on employment law here and the specific impact in Northern Ireland here.

The Bill is currently going through parliament and is under detailed consideration by a parliamentary committee. We have submitted written evidence to the committee, which you can read further here.

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The UK left the EU at 11pm (UK time) on 31 January 2020, and the transition period came to an end on 31 December 2020. The Trade and Cooperation Agreement reached on Christmas Eve 2020 sets out the shape of the ongoing future relationship between the UK and the EU and provides some degree of certainty for UK businesses.

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