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Attorney General: EU Law

Attorney General written question – answered on 30th November 2016.

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Photo of Mary Creagh Mary Creagh Chair, Environmental Audit Committee

To ask the Attorney General, with reference to the contribution of the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs to the Environmental Audit Committee on 25 October 2016, Question 332, what proportion of existing EU legislation within the policy remit of the Law Officers' Departments cannot immediately be brought into UK law upon the UK leaving the EU.

Photo of Robert Buckland Robert Buckland The Solicitor-General

The Government will bring forward legislation in the next session that, when enacted, will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and ensure a functioning statute book on the day we leave the EU. This ‘Great Repeal Bill’ will end the authority of EU law and return power to the UK. The Bill will convert existing European Union law into domestic law, wherever practical and in that context all relevant legislation is currently being identified and assessed.

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