EU Law

Department for Exiting the European Union written question – answered on 28th November 2018.

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Photo of Priti Patel Priti Patel Conservative, Witham

To ask the Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union, with reference to article 127 of the Draft agreement on the withdrawal of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from the European Union and the European Atomic Energy Community, under what circumstances the UK will be able to refuse to be bound by the Union law imposed by that article; and what steps it will be possible to take to remedy situations in which Union law during the transition is not in the UK national interest.

Photo of Kwasi Kwarteng Kwasi Kwarteng The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Exiting the European Union

We have provided for a time-limited implementation period precisely to give businesses and citizens certainty. This means that common rules will remain in place until the end of the period, allowing businesses to trade on the same terms as now up until the end of 2020.

It takes on average two years for significant new rules to pass through the EU, and it is therefore very unlikely that significant legislation will pass during the implementation period.

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