25 October 2019
Brexit and the role of the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill
Following the news that a revised Brexit deal had been agreed between the UK and the EU, the long-awaited European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill (the WAB) was published by the UK Government on 21 October 2019.
For Brexit, the WAB is an essential piece of UK legislation, providing the means by which the UK Government can give effect in domestic law to the Withdrawal Agreement. While the bill has progressed through initial legislative stages, MPs balked at the Prime Minister's proposal to pass the complex 110-page bill at breakneck speed, and its progression through Parliament has now been put on hold amid talks of Brexit delay.