Expert comment: government's plans on the EU Retained Law Bill

Categories: Salford Business School

In response to the government’s plans to replace the current ‘sunset’ clause in the EU Retained Law Bill, University of Salford Business School’s HR and employment law expert, Dr Jonathan Lord, shares his thoughts: 

“The Conservative government has announced it will replace the current ‘sunset’ clause in the EU Retained Law Bill, with only around 800 out of 4,800 laws being revoked/amended at the end of 2023.

“This means the mass deletion of EU laws will not go ahead as planned and provide some stability around workers’ rights, which were potentially going to be affected if the many laws were going to be revoked.

“This will not be the end of the saga though, as the government is expected to introduce secondary legislation which could amend or replace EU laws using a ‘fast-track process’ that attracts less scrutiny in Parliament. 

“Meeting the sunset clause deadline by the end of 2023 was always going to be challenging and it seems the government has quietly acquiesced to push through the really important areas of reform required.” 

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