In Brexit withdrawal? Never fear ... here's your fix,
courtesy of Hannah Starritt and The Scottish Legal News!
BLOG: WHAT IS THE DEPARTMENT OF EXITING THE EUROPEAN UNION AND
WHAT DOES IT DO?
Hannah Starritt(pictured), solicitor at
Turcan Connell, explains the purpose of the
Government's new Brexit department.
The Department of Exiting the European Union (EU) was created
following the referendum result in June 2016 for the UK to leave
Theresa May created the department following her appointment as
Prime Minister and, in turn, appointed David Davis as its Secretary
of State. It is responsible for overseeing negotiations to leave
the EU and establishing the future relationship between the UK and
The main responsibilities include policy work to support the
UK's negotiations to leave the EU and to establish the future
relationship between the EU and the UK; working closely with the
UK's devolved administrations, Parliament, and a wide range of
other interested parties on what the approach to negotiations
should be; conduct negotiations and support the PM; to lead and
co-ordinate cross-government work.
Secretary of State David Davis made a statement in the House of
Common on 10th October regarding the next steps in leaving the
Next steps for Brexit
The first will be by bringing forward the Great Repeal Bill that
will mean the European Communities Act will cease to apply on the
day the UK leaves the EU. This will end the authority of EU
He stated that the Government will reject any attempt to undo
the referendum result, any attempt to hold up the process or any
attempt to keep Britian in the EU by the back door.
He stated that his whole approach is about empowering the UK and
that the Great Repeal Act will convert existing EU law into
domestic law where practical. There is 40 years' worth of laws
which require to be reviewed.
Decisions by the European Court of Justice will cease to binding
on the enactment of the Great Repeal Act.
The exit of the UK from the EU must work for the whole of the
UK. No part of the UK shall have a right to veto however, the
Government will consult the devolved administrations.
It was noted that the Bill was a separate issue from triggering
Article 50 of the EU Treaty. The Bill will prepare the UK for the
exit and provide the legal framework.
Article 50 will be triggered no later than March 2017.
Hannah Starritt is a solicitor at Turcan Connell. View her
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