The Government has introduced the Repeal Bill to Parliament. This represents a significant milestone in the UK’s exit of the European Union. The Repeal Bill will ensure that, once we have left the EU, our laws will not be made in Brussels but in Westminster, Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast. It will allow for a smooth and orderly exit by providing a functioning statute book of domestic law on the day we leave the EU.
For businesses and organisations in every sector of the UK economy, the Repeal Bill aims to maximise certainty, clarity and continuity, and ensure a stable transition as we leave the EU. Its purpose is to convert EU law as it applies in the UK at the point of exit, into domestic law that will continue to apply after we leave. The powers in the Bill ensure that, whatever the outcome of negotiations, and, wherever it is practical and sensible, the same laws and rules will still apply to businesses, consumers and workers in the UK on the day after departure.
The Bill is therefore about continuity. It is not a vehicle for making changes to the regulatory framework that currently applies to business. In the longer term however, Parliament and, where appropriate, the devolved legislatures, will be able to make changes to our laws after full scrutiny and proper debate.
To maximise certainty and to aid preparation, DEFRA has published guidance to businesses and organisations - https://www.gov.uk/guidance/guidance-for-businesses-on-the-repeal-bill - to help explain any changes and answer some of the questions you may have.
DEFRA will continue to engage with businesses and civil society stakeholders throughout the passage of the Bill and, more widely, on the exit process itself.
If you would like to provide feedback or discuss the Bill directly with DExEU (who lead on it overall) , you can contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org.