UK will have to ‘re­join’ EU af­ter exit day

The Sunday Telegraph - - Countdown To Brexit - By Christo­pher Hope

BRI­TAIN would have to ef­fec­tively “re­join” the Euro­pean Union af­ter Brexit day in March un­der the terms of Theresa May’s deal, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial papers.

The Euro­pean Union (With­drawal) Act for­mally re­peals the Euro­pean Com­mu­ni­ties Act 1972, on March 29 2019 – Bri­tain’s exit day.

How­ever, ex­perts at the House of Com­mons li­brary say that in or­der for the UK to con­tinue to be in a tran­si­tion pe­riod until fi­nally leav­ing at the end of 2020, the EC Act will still ap­ply.

They say the With­drawal Act “does not take ac­count of any tran­si­tion/im­ple­men­ta­tion pe­riod in which … the UK will con­tinue to ap­ply most EU leg­is­la­tion until Dec 31 2020”.

This means that the With­drawal Agree­ment will “amend the EU With­drawal Act” to pro­vide for the con­tin­ued ef­fect of the EC Act 1972 until the end of the tran­si­tion pe­riod, al­low­ing EU law to con­tinue to ap­ply.

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