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Government Abandons Sunset Clause

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In the last few minutes, the government has announced in a written statement to parliament that is is abandoning the sunset clause in the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill. [For more information about the Bill, click here].

As the Bill is currently drafted, almost all EU law is automatically revoked at the end of 2023, unless a statutory instrument is passed to preserve it.

That position is being reversed, so that EU law will remain binding in the UK unless it is expressly repealed.  The Bill will be amended to contain a list of the retained EU laws that the government intends to revoke on 31 December 2023 - but anything not on that list will remain valid.