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BREXIT - White Paper on Legislating for the Withdrawal Agreement

25/09/2018

On 24 July 2018, The UK Department for Exiting the EU has published a White Paper explaining how the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement will be put into law.

On 24 July 2018, The UK Department for Exiting the EU has published a White Paper explaining how the UK’s Withdrawal Agreement will be put into law. The EU (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill – formerly known as the Withdrawal Agreement and Implementation Bill – will legislate for the major elements of the Withdrawal Agreement we reach with the EU, including issues such as the agreement on citizens’ rights, the financial settlement and the details of a time-limited implementation period.
The precise details of the Bill will be subject to the negotiations with the EU but today’s White Paper provides yet more legal certainty as we prepare to leave the EU in March next year.
It confirms that the Bill will:

  • be the primary means by which the rights of EU citizens will be implemented and protected in UK law;
  • amend some parts of the EU (Withdrawal) Act to ensure that UK statute book functions correctly during the time-limited implementation period; and
  • create a financial authority to manage the specific payments to be made under the financial settlement, with appropriate UK Parliamentary oversight.
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