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Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill

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On 21 March 2018 the National Assembly for Wales passed the Law Derived from the European Union (Wales) Bill.

The bill is intended to preserve EU law covering subjects devolved to Wales on the withdrawal of the UK from the EU. Further, it will enable the Welsh Ministers to ensure that legislation covering these subjects works effectively after the UK leaves the EU and the European Communities Act 1972 is repealed by the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill.

The bill will also enable the Welsh Ministers to legislate to maintain regulatory alignment with the EU in order to facilitate continued access to the EU market for Welsh businesses.

Finally, the bill creates a default position in law so that unless the UK Parliament legislates to the contrary, Ministers of the Crown will have to obtain the consent from the Welsh Ministers before making subordinate legislation within the scope of EU law which makes changes to devolved legislation.

Having been passed by the National Assembly, the bill is now in the mandatory 4 week period of intimation (22 March 2018 – 17 April 2018).  .

Further information about the bill is available at the National Assembly for Wales (external link).

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