Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill

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Publication Date 2022
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Public bill presented to Parliament by the UK Government on 22 September 2022, addressing certain EU Law that was retained into a new type of domestic law following the United Kingdom's withdrawal from the European Union.

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Retained EU Law is a category of domestic law created at the end of the transition period following the UK's departure from the EU and consists of EU-derived legislation that was preserved in the domestic legal framework by the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018.

This Bill seeks to revoke certain retained EU Law, and to make provision relating to the interpretation of retained EU Law and to its relationship with other law. It also aims to make provision relating to powers to modify retained EU Law, and to enable the restatement, replacement or updating of certain retained EU Law. Finally, it seeks to abolish the business impact target.

The initiative was introduced for first reading in the House of Commons on 22 September 2022. It was approved in second reading on 25 October and in third reading on 18 January 2023.

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UNISON: News Tag: Retained EU Law bill
UK in a Changing Europe: Commentary, 06/06/2022: Brexit opportunities: Jacob Rees-Mogg is going the wrong way about seizing them
Politico: Opinion, 20/09/2022: UK government’s plan to scrap EU regulations will lead to chaos
Welsh Parliament: Senedd Research, 27/09/2022: “Unfettered authority”? The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill in Wales
The Guardian: Analysis, 13/10/2022: Truss promises to slash EU red tape – what’s the truth behind the rhetoric?
DLA Piper: Insights, 16/10/2022: Westminster Watch: Why you need to understand the retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill
UK Parliament: House of Commons Library: Research Briefing No 9638, 17/10/2022: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022-23
Hansard Society: Briefings, 24/10/2022: Five problems with the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill
Scottish Parliament: SPICe Briefing, 07/11/2022: Retained EU Law and the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill
Scottish parliament: SPICe Spotlight, 15/11/2022: Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill Legislative Consent Memorandum
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Institute for Employment Rights (IER): Commentary, 18/11/2022: The Retained EU Law Bill is a disaster in the making
Wildlife and Countryside Link (Link): Blog, 24/11/2022: The Retained EU Law Bill should be withdrawn
Trade Union Congress (TUC): Blog, 19/12/2022: Countdown starts on vital rights
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The Spectator: Coffee House, 03/01/2023: Why can’t the UK remove EU laws in a year?
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Lancaster University: Work Foundation, 10/01/2023: A year of uncertainty? The Retained EU Law Bill 2022 and UK workers' rights
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Confederation of British Industry (CBI): Insights, 09/02/2023: The Retained EU Law Bill
University College London (UCL): The Constitution Unit, 12/02/2023: The public wants parliament to have a central role in legislation, so why does the Retained EU Law Bill enhance the legislative power of ministers?

The Guardian, 14/06/2022: Jacob Rees-Mogg plan to axe EU laws sparks cabinet row
CityAM, 15/06/2022: Ministers push back against Jacob Rees-Mogg’s plan to scrap remaining EU laws
Wales Online, 17/07/2022: Rishi Sunak targets scrapping EU laws in fresh pitch to Brexiteers
Independent (UK), 23/07/2022: Brexit: Liz Truss warned new plan to ditch thousands of EU laws by end of 2023 will cause ‘chaos’
Politico, 23/07/2022: Truss promises to scrap ‘outdated’ EU laws if elected Tory leader
The Guardian, 22/07/2022: Truss vows to scrap remaining EU laws by end of 2023 risking ‘bonfire of rights’
Reuters, 22/07/2022: UK leadership candidate Truss pledges to ditch all EU laws by 2023
Bloomberg, 22/07/2022: Truss Pledges to Scrap EU Rules If She Wins Race to Be UK Leader
Independent (UK), 22/09/2022: Liz Truss waters down campaign pledge to scrap all remaining EU laws by end of 2023
The Telegraph, 23/09/2022: All remaining EU laws to be scrapped or replaced by end of next year
Euronews, 26/09/2022: ‘Attack on nature’: Conservation charities say UK is scrapping vital environmental protections
The Guardian, 23/10/2022: Britain faces chaos if it scraps EU laws, warns ex-Whitehall legal boss
CityAM, 08/11/2022: Brexit: Fresh setback for UK plan to ditch all EU legislation by end of 2023
The Irish Times, 19/11/2022: British government set to face attempts to delay deletion of 4,000 EU laws from statute books
EurActiv, 23/11/2022: UK plans to scrap thousands of EU laws ‘unfit for purpose’
The Guardian, 24/11/2022: Scrapping EU laws would threaten economic growth, warn business leaders
BBC News, 24/11/2022: Brexit: Don't scrap EU rules, firms and unions say
BBC News, 22/12/2022: Brexit: Call for rethink on ditching thousands of EU laws
The Times, 02/01/2023: Lords will delay Rishi Sunak’s bonfire of EU laws
The Guardian, 04/01/2023: Peers set to slow down attempts to scrap thousands of EU laws
The Telegraph, 05/01/2023: UK may scrap only hundreds, not thousands, of EU laws
The Guardian, 14/01/2023: Whitehall spending ‘tens of millions’ on Rees-Mogg’s bill to scrap EU laws
Bloomberg, 14/01/2023: Sunak May Face Tory Revolt Over Plans to Scrap EU Laws
Wales Online, 15/01/2023: Senior Tories back amendment giving MPs more say over scrapping of EU laws
Politico, 17/01/2023: UK’s Rishi Sunak stands by plan for post-Brexit bonfire of EU laws
BBC News, 18/01/2023: Brexit: Ministers clash with MPs over plan to scrap EU laws
Associated Press (AP News), 18/01/2023: Critics slam UK bid for post-Brexit bonfire of EU laws
Politico, 18/01/2023: UK’s post-Brexit bonfire plan passes in House of Commons
EurActiv, 19/01/2023: Ministers push through ‘diktat’ bill to scrap thousands of EU laws
Independent (UK), 21/01/2023: Senior Tories clash as plans to scrap EU laws clear the Commons

Scottish Government: Factsheet: Retained EU Law Bill: what it means
UK Government: News, 22/09/2022: The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill 2022
Welsh Government: Cabinet Statement, 03/11/2022: Written Statement: The Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill

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