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The UK Subsidy Control Bill

16 July 2021

The UK Government has introduced draft legislation to flesh out the UK-specific subsidy control regime that has been in place since EU State aid rules ceased to apply on 1 January 2021.

The Bill provides important clarifications of how the UK's subsidy control regime will operate in the future, and in some areas goes further than the existing regime. In particular, it would give the Competition and Markets Authority a role in the assessment of certain subsidies that are granted by UK public bodies. However, this role would be purely advisory, with enforcement of the regime remaining the sole preserve of the courts.

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