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Brexit and the Law – Chris Maddison

The debate whether to #Brexit or #Bremain has been political for the most part, both sides using emotive tactics inspired to sway voters one way or another.  The implications for our legal system however have barely got a mention and were seemingly rarely considered in the headlines.

 

Many of our current laws are ‘EU-derived’, will all of these be expunged tomorrow?  Or some of them?  If so which ones?  We won’t be able to change some of them; in many areas of law, if we do not comply with EU law then we will not be able to trade with the EU.  This is likely to extend to our creation of laws in the future, when creating law if we fail to comply with EU legislation or take into account decisions made in the Court of Justice of the European Union then, again, we are likely to be restricted in the EU trade open to us.

 

#Brexit – argued that leaving will see a reduction in bureaucracy, returning autonomy to the United Kingdom.

#Bremain – contest that leaving will produce exceptionally complicated legal implications and of course, uncertainty, not merely in terms of the law.

 

Is it really possible to achieve sovereignty if we have limited option other than to comply with laws, in which we have no say in making, to enable us to benefit from trade with the EU, amongst other things?  Even now we’ve opted to #Brexit?

 

Only time will tell.