Thursday 1st Oct 2020 - Logistics & Supply Chain

Government sets out Brexit legislation

Brexit preparations are at the heart of government legislation planned for the next parliament.

At the heart of the plan is the Repeal Bill, which was set out in the Queen’s speech yesterday. This will repeal the European Communities Act 1972 and convert EU law into UK law as we leave the EU.

It will also create temporary powers for parliament to make secondary legislation, enabling corrections to be made to the laws that do not operate appropriately once we have left the EU. It will also allow changes to be made to domestic law to reflect the content of any withdrawal agreement.

The government said the bill “does not put any constraints on the withdrawal agreement we will make with the EU and further legislation will be introduced to support such an agreement if and when required”

There will also be a Customs Bill to ensure that the UK has a standalone UK customs regime on exit. The government said this would have the flexibility to accommodate future trade agreements with the EU and others; and that changes can be made to the UK’s VAT and excise regimes to ensure that the UK has standalone regimes on EU-exit.

A Trade Bill will put in place the necessary legislative framework to allow the UK to operate its own independent trade policy upon exit from the European Union.

And an Immigration Bill will allow for the repeal of EU law on immigration, primarily free movement, that would otherwise be converted into UK law by the Repeal Bill. It will also make the migration of EU nationals and their family members subject to relevant UK law once the UK has left the EU.

The Queen’s speech also included plans to legislate for automated and electric vehicles.

The Bill will extend compulsory motor vehicle insurance to cover the use of automated vehicles.

It will also allow the regulatory framework to keep pace with evolving technology for electric cars, and provide for the installation of charging points for electric and hydrogen vehicles.

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