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Sturgeon: I've been "crystal clear" on current repeal bill

First Minister of Scotland, Nicola Sturgeon has said she 'wouldn't and couldn't' recommend the current repeal bill as it stands. The comments come as the possibility of releasing new powers to Holyrood is set to be discussed in talks between the UK and Scottish Governments in Edinburgh. .


The formal title of the repeal bill is European Union (Withdrawal) Bill. It will repeal the 1972 European Communities Act, which took Britain into the European Union. It meant that European law took precedence over laws passed in the United Kingdom's Parliament. It will also end the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice.

That means that all existing EU legislation will be copied across into domestic UK law to ensure a smooth transition on the day after Brexit.

This is all done because the government says it wants to avoid a black hole in statute book and avoid disruption to businesses and individual citizens as the UK leaves the European Union.

The laws will be then repealed and improved if necessary by the UK Parliament.

Ensuring the continuity of EU rules and regulations is also meant to aid trade negotiations with the EU because the UK will already meet all of its products stands.

And this will not be an easy task, because working out which bits of the United Kingdom's law came from the EU is not as simple as it may sound.