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Repeal of European Communities Act 1972

European Communities Act 1972 was issued to incorporate the European Union law into the domestic law of the United Kingdom which enabled the UK to join the European Union in 1973. This article reviews Repeal of European Communities Act.

After UK decided to exit the European Union in the 23rd of June, 2016, the question has arisen;

How can the European Communities Act 1972 be repealed?

In order to repeal the European Communities Act 1972, a Bill (proposed law) has to be introduced into the UK parliament by an MP who is not acting on behalf of the executive branch.

Repeal of European Communities Act 1972 : What has been done?

Mr. Douglas Carswell has already issued a Ballot Bill in 2012-2013, European Communities Act 1972 (Repeal), which is a Private Members’ Bill used only in the House of Commons.

The Bill should go through the following stages;

1. The Bill starts in the House of Commons

2. The House of Commons has five steps:

  • First reading
  • Second reading
  • Committee stage
  • Report stage
  • Third reading

3. The Bill then is moved to the House of Lords which has the same five steps:

  • First reading
  • Second reading
  • Committee stage
  • Report stage
  • Third reading

4. The third stage is where the Bill goes into “Consideration of amendments”.

5. Finally, the Royal Assent (the official approval of the Bill) is granted by the signature of the queen.

Repeal of European Communities Act 1972 : The Process

Repeal of European Communities Act 1972

The repeal has stated that secondary legislation made under that Act shall continue in force unless it is subsequently amended or repealed.

It is worth mentioning here that the last event that took place regarding Mr. Douglas Carswell’s Bill was: 1st reading: House of Commons 20 June, 2012.

We will be following the progress of the repeal, so stay tuned for the recent updates.

Repeal of European Communities Act

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