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Clifford Chance


Amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill - Key Trends

29 September 2017

The European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is one of the most controversial pieces of legislation to be put before MPs in recent memory. The objective of the Bill is to ensure that the UK's body of law continues to operate as a coherent and complete whole post-Brexit, effectively grandfathering existing EU law into UK law.

The challenge the government faces is the scale of the exercise - thousands of instruments need to be retained - and the Government has proposed extensive use of delegated legislation to adapt these instruments to the UK's new position, provoking accusations of executive overreach.

MPs from all main parties have proposed a large number of amendments on a range of issues. This briefing sets out the key trends in the amendments proposed so far.

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