Leaving the EU: UK Legal System

Oral Answers to Questions — Justice – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 5th June 2018.

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Photo of Lee Rowley Lee Rowley Conservative, North East Derbyshire 12:00 am, 5th June 2018

What steps the Government plans to take to ensure that the UK legal system operates effectively after the UK leaves the EU.

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

It is right that we provide legal certainty for businesses, individuals and families as we leave the European Union. As the Prime Minister said in her Mansion House speech, we will need to have effective reciprocal arrangements with the EU to deal with cross-border issues. The Government will shortly publish their White Paper setting out their vision for the future UK-EU partnership.

Photo of Lee Rowley Lee Rowley Conservative, North East Derbyshire

Given that the UK legal industry is worth approximately £25 billion to the UK economy, what steps is the Ministry taking to ensure that this world standing is maintained post-Brexit?

Photo of Lucy Frazer Lucy Frazer The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Justice

My hon. Friend makes an extremely important point. Our system is highly regarded throughout the world because of our respect for the rule of law, and the quality and integrity of our judiciary. The Department will seek to ensure that we help law firms to get the best post-Brexit arrangements with the EU on recognition and enforcement of judgments, and mutual recognition of qualifications.