There is no doubt that the vote to leave the EU has caused so much uncertainty!
It seems that even those in the Leave camp are none the wiser as to what happens next!!!
We hope this summary offers our clients some information, at least as to the exit process.
As with any other law, there is something called “due process” that must be followed for the purpose of implementation. The mechanics of leaving the EU are contained in Article 50 of the Treaty on European Union
- The UK government has to notify the European Council that it intends to leave the EU.
- Once the notification has been given to the EU, there is a two-year period over which a Withdrawal Agreement is to be negotiated and concluded.
- During that period, all relevant UK law influenced by EU laws such as the free trade; free movement of persons; EU directives for workers rights etc will continue until repealed, amended by the UK government. Such laws will eventually be replaced upon the conclusion of the withdrawal process.
- This two-year negotiation period can be extended by mutual agreement between the UK and the EU.
- Once concluded, new national laws and negotiated treaties will then replace all the EU laws and treaties currently effective in the UK.
For more information, you may want to consider this article from the European Parliament
You may also want to read the Brexit Camp’s “Framework for taking back control and establishing a new UK-EU deal after 23 June” published earlier this month.
Author: Miss Amaka Jackson, Managing Solicitor