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The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022

The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill was introduced to Parliament on 22nd September 2022 and aims to remove retained EU law from the statute books by the end of 2023.

Retained direct EU legislation (currently) takes priority over domestic UK legislation passed prior to the end of the Transition Period when they are incompatible and this new Bill will reverse so domestic law becomes the highest form of law on the UK statute book - it is part of the government’s plan to ‘get Brexit done’ and deals with the retained EU law that was never intended to have permanent status. 

There are 2,400 pieces of retained EU law to which this bill applies, which will be ‘sunsetted’ on 31 December 2023 if not retained elsewhere by an introduction of specific legislation. There will also be a general abolition of general principles of EU law from the end of 2023.

So far as employment law is concerned, the effects may be wide reaching with rights and regulations such as equal pay, discrimination, the 48 hour working week all potentially allowed to expire.

Posted on 6 October, 2022 by Ortolan

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