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Why the Repeal Bill is central to making Brexit a success

11 July 2017

By Peter Watts and Andrew Eaton

The Government's highly anticipated, formerly 'Great', Repeal Bill – to be published this Thursday,13 July 2017 – is likely to be the most constitutionally significant legislation enacted by the UK Parliament since the European Communities Act 1972, which took the UK into the European Economic Community and which the Repeal Bill is set to repeal and replace.

In this blog, we look ahead to what the Bill is expected to do, what happens next and the consequences of Parliament failing to pass the Repeal Bill into legislation before the UK leaves the EU.

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Stuck in the middle without EU: UK courts grapple with Brexit uncertainty

5 May 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

One of the UK Government's central objectives for Brexit is to bring an end to the jurisdiction in the UK of the Court of Justice of the EU ("CJEU").  A necessary implication of this objective is that, unless agreed otherwise during the Article 50 negotiations, citizens and businesses seeking a determination of their legal claims in the UK courts will lose their ability to make references to the CJEU on questions of EU law after Brexit takes effect. 

Now that Article 50 has been triggered, the UK courts are starting to be asked to address the legal uncertainty this raises for those with legal proceedings outstanding during the Brexit negotiation period: where questions of EU law arise after Brexit in cases filed in the UK courts before Brexit, how and by whom will these questions be determined?

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Pensions, Tax

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General Election 2017: comply with the campaigning rules

26 April 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

The General Election campaigning rules have kicked in – and apply retrospectively back to 9 June 2016 and until 8 June 2017. Businesses need to review both past and future publications, events and other activities during the regulated period to ensure compliance with the widely-drafted regulations on controlled expenditure.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Government Relations and Policy Advocacy

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Finger on the polls – May calls for snap General Election

18 April 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has today announced that she intends to trigger a General Election to take place on 8 June 2017.  The announcement came as a surprise, having only been agreed this morning in a meeting of Cabinet and with even Conservative Party backbenchers reportedly not having been informed or consulted beforehand.  Mrs May is taking a calculated risk that a General Election will provide her with an increased mandate for implementing, while also weakening political opposition to, her vision for Brexit.

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Jurisdictions: United Kingdom
Services: Administrative and Public Law, Government Relations and Policy Advocacy

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What you need to know before Brexit gets underway this week

27 March 2017

By Charles Brasted and Andrew Eaton

This Wednesday, the UK embarks on a journey not previously taken by any other EU Member State. The process for withdrawing from the EU, which will get officially underway following the UK's formal notification to the European Council of its intention to withdraw from the EU on 29 March 2017, is untested and there is much uncertainty about how it will run. 

Here we answer five crucial questions about what comes next. To find out more, join us the day after Article 50 is due to be triggered, 30 March 2017, for the first in a series of webinars we will be hosting throughout the Brexit process by clicking here.

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