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Proposed Amendments to the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill

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Opposition parties, including Labour and the SNP, will tomorrow table amendments to the Bill during the committee debate in the House of Commons.

As it stands, the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill will automatically repeal any retained EU law so that it expires on 31 December 2023, unless specific legislation is introduced to retain it or a government minister extends the deemed repeal date.

The SNP has announced an intention to table at least 50 amendments, including a proposal to extend the expiration date for EU law to 2026. 

Labour has also tabled proposed amendments, aiming to retain key workers’ rights including annual leave and maternity rights.

At the second sitting of the committee debate on 8th November, Labour MP Stella Creasy discussed the question of “a sunrise clause instead of a sunset clause”. This would ensure that all EU law (including UK statutory instruments introduced to comply with EU law) would remain, unless or until it is specifically amended or repealed.