The Prime Minister today has announced her intention (a) to trigger article 50 by the end of March 2017 at the latest and (b) to introduce a Great Repeal Bill to convert all EU legislation into UK law on the date of leaving the EU and to repeal the 1972 European Communities Act 1972 at the same time. Doubtless, there will be scrutiny of the EU legislation involved with a view to amendment or repeal post Brexit – a task that could keep government lawyers busy for years beyond our departure from the EU.
There have been predictable noises off about a so-called Scottish veto on the Bill but as stated in a previous blog it is very unlikely that this exists and the most that could be done would be for SNP Members of Parliament to vote against it in Parliament.
Watch out, too, for revival of the judicial review proceedings commenced earlier in the summer on the issue of whether article 50 has to be triggered by Parliament or whether the Prime Minister may go it alone under the Royal Prerogative. Whatever the first instance decision it is inevitable that there will be a leapfrog appeal to the Supreme Court. Lots for lawyers to look forward to in the new year.