While the date for the passage of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill is receding, as a messy political standoff on its terms takes place, the Government are beginning to publish in draft Brexit Statutory Instruments planned to be passed under the Bill once enacted. These are designed to adapt EU law which will be retained in UK law after Brexit to operate in the UK once it is no longer a member of the European Union. This move to publish legislation in draft in effect means that there is more opportunity than originally expected to comment on drafts published before they become law, in the event that they raise concerns.

The key link to the DExEU pages of the GOV.UK website is here:

At the moment this section of the website has not been adapted to deal with the large volume of secondary legislation expected. To reach the new drafts, you have to scroll down past the primary information related to the Withdrawal Bill itself and need to click the button for “see all updates” at the end of the page to increase the chances of seeing all available material. Even then it may be difficult to find what is relevant to your interests, amid a plethora of draft legislation on everything from Exotic Diseases to Financial Regulation! For example, the following piece of financial services legislation is currently elusive, although its explanatory notes are available. This direct link works.