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Retained EU Law- What you need to know?

By July 21, 2021 No Comments
Despite Brexit, some EU laws have been retained in the United Kingdom. The EU Withdrawal Act of 2018 (EUMWA) has a legal framework that allows for the retained laws to continue working in the UK. According to a law tutor London, some retained EU laws have replaced the EU treaties that specifically applied in the United Kingdom. During the time of Brexit, there were thousands of amends to the retained EU laws to align them to the post-Brexit era.

What does retained EU Law mean?

EU law regarded as “retained” is a set of laws that applied in the United Kingdom on 31st Dec. 2020. As a law tutor will explain to you, the laws were essentially copy-pasted into the UK’s legal system. The retained laws can be divided into three categories as spelled out in Sections 2, 3, and 4 of the European Union Withdrawal Act. These categories include:


  • The domestic laws related to or implemented in former European Union obligations, eg. the Working Time Regulations.
  • European Union legislation that is directly applicable in the United Kingdom without legislation implementation, eg. the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation).
  • Other principles and rights in European Union law that affect the UL directly, eg, the right not to suffer discrimination based on nationality.

What's expected of you?

As a law student, you need to understand the EU laws that are applicable in the UK, the ones that were retained, and the ones that were amended. This will help you a great deal if you are practicing international law.

These laws amount to over 150,000 pieces of legislation, but only about 3,000 of these are applicable in the UK. An experienced law tutor London should be able to explain to you what sets of laws have some impact in the United Kingdom.