Understanding the Retained EU Law Bill

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Understanding the Retained EU Law Bill

Download our paper to learn more about how the Bill affect the Creative Industries.

As it currently stands, there are 3,745 separate pieces of retained EU law (REUL) in place in the UK that could be affected by changes proposed in the Retained EU Law Bill. A sunset clause in the Bill will revoke all EU-derived subordinate legislation and retained direct EU legislation by the end of 2023, unless it is adapted or adopted into UK law by that deadline.

There are potential implications for the Creative Industries in areas such as Intellectual Property, Artist’s Resale Rights and workers’ rights.

Given the volume of REUL, the imminent 31st December deadline, the limited understanding of the implications of REUL changes and the limited capacity to interrogate it further, we urge the Government to extend the December 2023 sunset clause to allow sufficient time for further consultation and scrutiny.

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) recently declared that two-months of REUL review work cost approximately £600,000 in staffing costs. The Bill must not divert public resources away from other priorities, at a time of economic volatility.

Download our paper to learn more about how the Bill affect the Creative Industries.