A day after triggering article 50 the Government published a white paper which set out the approach for legislating for the UK's withdrawal from the EU. This paper says that there will be a Great Repeal Bill which will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 (which gave effect to EU law in the UK and made EU law supreme over UK law) and convert EU law into domestic law on the day the UK leaves the EU. Historic case law from the Court of Justice of the European Union will be given the same binding status as decisions of the Supreme Court. The Bill will also create, by secondary legislation, the power to correct statutes as necessary to rectify issues occurring as a consequence of leaving the EU.

What does this mean for you?

It means that EU laws in force before the withdrawal date will still be applicable to you and your business after Brexit, this includes all of the current data protection legislation and the General Data Protection Regulation coming into force on 25 May next year. It will then be for the government to repeal legislation as it sees fit and adjust statutes where there are issues due to leaving the EU.

Click here to read the white paper in full.