Sailesh Mehta comments in Law Gazette on the Retained EU Law

October 17, 2022

Sailesh Mehta has commented on the Retained EU Law (Revocation and Reform) Bill introduced to parliament on 22 September.

To avoid leaving gaps in the UK legal system when the UK withdrew from the EU, the body of EU law in force at the end of 2020 was imported into UK law, and the UK legislation that implemented EU law was retained, under the European Union (Withdrawal) Act 2018 (with necessary amendments).

This body of law is called “retained EU law”.

The Bill will erase the majority of retained EU law so that it expires on 31st December 2023. All retained EU law contained in domestic secondary legislation and retained direct EU legislation will expire on this date, unless otherwise preserved.

Sailesh Mehta commented:

“This is a political and not a rational Bill” “Watch out for the scrapping of TUPE regulations, paid annual holiday rules, the 48-hour working week, agency worker regulations and part-time and fixed-term worker rules. All these could be in the government’s sights. And also dumbing down food hygiene regulations, possibly in anticipation of a US trade deal.”

Read full piece here: [Law Gazette]