On Thursday 23rd of June 2016, the UK voted to leave the European Union after a referendum that arguably shocked most of the world. The nail biting vote saw a turnout of 71.8%, with more than 30 million people voting. With leave winning by 51.9%.
The UK is now scheduled to leave the European Union at 11pm GMT on Friday the 29th of March 2019.
Since the vote to leave the European Union, the UK and EU have now agreed on three issues surrounding how much the UK owes the EU, what happens to the Northern Ireland border and what happens to UK citizens living in the EU and EU citizens living in the UK.
With just over a year to go before we are due to officially leave the EU, what will happen to all the EU laws in force in the UK?
The “Great Repeal Bill” has been introduced to Parliament which, if passed, will incorporate all EU legislation into UK law. After this the government will decide over a period of time which parts of the legislation to keep, change or remove. This has caused some scrutiny though as remain supporting MPs are claiming that the government is giving itself the power to change laws without parliamentary scrutiny.
The UK could however, just cut all ties with the EU. Yet, the UK government want to avoid this as they think it may harm the economy.
Unpicking 43 years’ worth of treaties and agreements between so many countries, covering a multitude of topics was never going to be an easy job. Add this to the fact that something like this has never been done before and you can see why Brexit is not as simple as just exiting the union.