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EXITING THE EU: The flaw in the Brexit white paper

14 July 2017  

The government’s failure to address the issue of purposive construction in its plan for the Great Repeal Bill will lead to uncertainty and a wave of litigation after Brexit, warns Sandy Kemp

The government set out its strategy for giving effect to Brexit in its white paper, Legislating for the United Kingdom’s withdrawal from the European Union, which may or may not be revised given the outcome of the general election on 8 June. Unlikely to change, however, is the white paper’s promise to ensure that EU case law and directly applicable EU legislation will, at the time the UK leaves the EU, be written into UK law so that (para 1.12):

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